[concurrency-interest] Joda-Time immutability

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Mon Jun 20 13:32:38 EDT 2011

On 20 June 2011 17:52, Attila Szegedi <szegedia at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, to me it looks like it's implemented:
> import java.lang.reflect.Field;
> public class TestFinalField {
>   public final int x = 1;
>   public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
>     TestFinalField tff = new TestFinalField();
>     Field f = tff.getClass().getField("x");
>     f.setAccessible(true);
>     f.set(tff, 2);
>     System.out.println(tff.x);
>   }
> }
> This prints "1", and not "2". So, setting of a final field is actually
> silently ignored with setAccessible(true), for better or worse. Without
> setAccessible(), it will actually throw an exception. With the "final"
> qualifier removed from the field, it prints "2", as expected. I tested it
> with both latest Java 6 and on the b145 build of OpenJDK 7, and both behaves
> as described.

Well thats weird, because my change works and passes the tests in Joda-Time.

Anyone know what is going on? Can this be sufficiently relied on? I
haven't really got a workable alternative.


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