Thursday, July 17, 2008

Keep terminated launch consoles in Eclipse

This one bugs me every time I upgrade to a new release of Eclipse. I often like to look back at the consoles from main methods/junits/tomcat launches I've terminated. I guess I expect to find a preference right in the context menu preferences for the Console view, or for it to match "terminated" in the prefs search - no luck.

So that I never have to search for this again, this preference can be found under
Run/Debug => Launching => "Remove terminated launches when a new launch is created"

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday Afternoon Reflections

What does this print?

import java.lang.reflect.Method;

interface IMessage {
public CharSequence getMessage();

public class SayWhat implements IMessage {
public String getMessage() {
return "Hi!";

public static void main(String[] _args) {
try {
SayWhat instance = new SayWhat();
for (Method m : SayWhat.class.getMethods()) {
if (m.getName().equals("getMessage")) {
System.out.println("SayWhat.main: " + m.invoke(instance));
catch (Throwable e) {
System.out.println("SayWhat.main: " + e);

The answer is

That's right, the getMessage method appears twice in SayWhat.class.getMethods(). The key here is that the SayWhat class is overriding IMessage with a covariant return type (CharSequence vs. String). Looks like the compiler makes covariant return types possible by creating a behind-the-scenes "synthetic" implementation of getMessage which just calls through to my implementation.

If you find yourself looping through a list of Method objects looking for a match, be sure to check isSynthetic on each Method.