Re: Inconsistent or incomplete usage of @Repeatable

Linda DeMichiel

Hi Kevin,

I agree that consistency here would be desirable.
However, in planning for Java EE 8 we had to prioritize
resources around updating those specs we felt it most
important to focus on, with the expectation that we
would handle any missing @Repeatable updates when the
others were next updated.

@EJB is not the only miss. You can see the remainders
by scrolling through the JIRA issue here:

In particular, since JMS and Connector are not being
updated in this release, those annotations will still
not be repeatable either.


On 6/21/17, 12:08 PM, Kevin Sutter wrote:
I know we discussed this back in May of 2016, but actual practice is
causing us to scratch our heads... Without the @Repeatable annotation
usage being spelled out at the Platform level, we're discovering some
inconsistent or incomplete usage patterns.

For example, JPA has stepped up to use the @Repeatable annotation on
several of their annotations. And, Common Annotations has identified
the use with @Resource and @DataSourceDefinition. But, what about
@EJB? It seems that this would be another valid usage of @Repeatable.
So, with each spec deciding for themselves whether to support
@Repeatable, we don't have a consistent story for our users. It won't
be intuitive. Sometimes you can skip the plural form of the annotation,
and sometimes you can't. You'll just have to "know"...

I haven't thought through every plural Annotation usage, so I'm not sure
if the @EJB is the only miss. If we're down to just a handful of
misses, should we step up to support these additional @Repeatables in
Java EE 8?

Thanks, Kevin

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