Every new release of Java has introduced new features, but few warrant a new way of thinking to realize their full potential. Using annotations effectively to simplify programming in Java requires a shift in our thought processes. Even though we use declarative programming languages such as SQL and XSLT most frequently, it may take some time for us to understand how to use declarative and imperative programming together.Read Declarative Programming in Java
Here are a few things you could do with annotations to simplify or empower your programming:
- Develop code generators using annotations.
- Develop a new unit-testing framework using annotations, such as NUnit.
- Think about ways to extend the compiler using custom annotation handlers.
- Think about annotation's role in defining AOP extensions to Java.