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ttrippany (1) [Avatar] Offline
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Hi,

In section 9.4 you give an example of a class that inherits from two interfaces with the same method signature. This works fine as long as one interface extends the other.

However if a class implements two interfaces that are not related from a hierarchical view, but both define the same default method signature, then the class that extends both interfaces will not compile.

It is conceivable that two library developers could decide to add default methods at different times using common signatures; in fact it is probable that this will happen in libraries that implement similar concepts such as math libraries. If you happen to be the sorry soul extending both interfaces you will be broken on update.

I understand why they did this, to prevent a library developer from replacing the behavior of existing classes. But it also has the possibility of completely breaking existing libraries.

This is a mixed bag. Wondering if the authors have any comments on the matter as I'm certain it was a concession for extending the JDK. Perhaps I am missing something.