> This is an early review of changes to better model JVM access flags, that is 
> "modifiers" like public, protected, etc. but explicitly at a VM level.
> Language level modifiers and JVM level access flags are closely related, but 
> distinct. There are concepts that overlap in the two domains (public, 
> private, etc.), others that only have a language-level modifier (sealed), and 
> still others that only have an access flag (synthetic).
> The existing java.lang.reflect.Modifier class is inadequate to model these 
> subtleties. For example, the bit positions used by access flags on different 
> kinds of elements overlap (such as "volatile" for fields and "bridge" for 
> methods. Just having a raw integer does not provide sufficient context to 
> decode the corresponding language-level string. Methods like 
> Modifier.methodModifiers() were introduced to cope with this situation.
> With additional modifiers and flags on the horizon with projects like 
> Valhalla, addressing the existent modeling deficiency now ahead of time is 
> reasonable before further strain is introduced.
> This PR in its current form is meant to give the overall shape of the API. It 
> is missing implementations to map from, say, method modifiers to access 
> flags, taking into account overlaps in bit positions.
> The CSR https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8281660 will be filled in 
> once the API is further along.

Joe Darcy has updated the pull request incrementally with one additional commit 
since the last revision:

  Add mask values to constants' javadoc.


  - all: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/7445/files
  - new: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/7445/files/8a3a3cd8..ead5911f

 - full: https://webrevs.openjdk.java.net/?repo=jdk&pr=7445&range=18
 - incr: https://webrevs.openjdk.java.net/?repo=jdk&pr=7445&range=17-18

  Stats: 46 lines in 1 file changed: 23 ins; 0 del; 23 mod
  Patch: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/7445.diff
  Fetch: git fetch https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk pull/7445/head:pull/7445

PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/7445

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