[cdi-dev] Clarify AnnotatedTypeConfigurator.remove(Annotation annotation)

Martin Kouba mkouba at redhat.com
Fri Nov 25 10:54:17 EST 2016

Hi all,

while working on https://issues.jboss.org/browse/CDI-646 I figured out 
that all "AnnotatedX.remove(Annotation annotation)" methods declare the 
following javadoc:

"Remove annotations with (a) the same type and (b) the same annotation 
member value for each member which is not annotated {@link Nonbinding}. 
The container calls the {@link Object#equals(Object)} method of the 
annotation member value to compare values."

I don't think this is correct. @Nonbinding is only used for interceptors 
bindings and qualifiers whereas the purpose of AnnotatedType SPI is more 

I believe those remove() methods should simply use 
java.lang.annotation.Annotation.equals(Object) to identify annotations 
to remove.

What do you think?



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