[cp-patches] RFA: Component.java Fix

David Gilbert david.gilbert at object-refinery.com
Tue Jun 27 19:25:08 UTC 2006

David Gilbert wrote:

> Tom Tromey wrote:
>>>>>>> "Tania" == Tania Bento <tbento at redhat.com> writes:
>> I'm curious about this...
>> Tania> -    if (o == null)
>> Tania> -      throw new NullPointerException();
>> Tania>      ComponentOrientation oldOrientation = orientation;
>> Tania>      orientation = o;
>> So the resulting orientation will be null?
>> I don't know anything about this area, so forgive me if my comments
>> are misguided.  But, this seems weird.  Does the Mauve test check
>> the result of a subsequent getComponentOrientation call?
> The API spec is silent about how null is treated, so I wrote the 
> following in Mauve:
>    // try null
>    c.setComponentOrientation(null);
>    harness.check(c.getComponentOrientation(), null);
>    harness.check(events.size(), 1);
>    e = (PropertyChangeEvent) events.get(0);
>    harness.check(e.getSource(), c);
>    harness.check(e.getPropertyName(), "componentOrientation");
>    harness.check(e.getOldValue(), ComponentOrientation.LEFT_TO_RIGHT);
>    harness.check(e.getNewValue(), null);
> I don't think it makes a lot of sense to allow null, but the reference 
> implementation allows it and so I think we need to as well, to be 
> compatible.
>> Also, in a case like this it would be nice to update the javadoc to
>> reflect what happens if null is passed in.  With your patch it will
>> still claim to throw, which is wrong.
> I agree, the patch needs to be updated to correct the API docs.
> Regards,
> Dave
I forgot to mention that the applyComponentOrientation() method in 
Container.java DOES throw a NullPointerException, which is better but 
inconsistent with Component.setComponentOrientation().  It turns out 
there is a bug report for the latter case:


...and it looks as though Sun plans to just document the behaviour 
rather than fix it (which of course is sensible for the sake of 
backwards compatibility).



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