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Question: I heard many times from Java lectors: "If you are interested how new feature was implemented in JDK please check the source code...". I tried to find the source code but have not succeeded.
Of course, I can decompile class files but could be good to have "original" source code from SUN, not from hacking tools Smile

Answer: I found the SUN's page and what was there:
"Sun is making the source code to the Java 2 platform available to the developer community. This offering is intended to further propel innovation of the Java platform and provide developers with easier access to Java platform sources while still maintaining compatibility.
Do You Need The Source Code?

In most cases, you do not need the source. In fact, most developers will find all the basic resources and tools they need in the Java 2 Software Development Kit (formerly known as the JDK 1.2).

The source code to the Java 2 platform can be invaluable if you are doing any of the following:

  • conducting research work
  • debugging possible platform bugs
  • adding enhancements which require access to platform internals

Additional info: the source code can be found in the source.zip file in directory where your J2SDK is installed (not JRE!). Do not forget to mark the option "Java Source files" during the installation of J2SDK, otherwise it will not be copied to the J2SDK folder.

But building, porting, and testing the Java 2 platform source code requires a high level of technical expertise. "

P.S. About last sentence: I am pretty sure that all readers of my newsletter have it.
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