Java 8:Named Parameters in Reflection


With Java 8 reflection API added method to get parameters name of the method. For that, you need to make some compile-time configuration as pass the compiler flag: javac -parameters.

In this example, you will difference in reflection API output with and without named parameter configuration.

Example: Named Parameter Reflection API

import java.lang.reflect.Method;
import java.lang.reflect.Parameter;

public class NamedParameterExample {

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

		for(Method method :NamedParameterExample.class.getDeclaredMethods()) {
			System.out.println("\nMethod :"+method.getName()+" Parameters are :");
			for (final Parameter parameter : method.getParameters()) {
				System.out.println("Parameter: " + parameter.getName());
			}
		}
	}

	public static void printValues()
	{
		//Some statement here
	}

	public static int addOperation(int A, int b)
	{
		return A+b;
	}

	public static int substractionOperation(int param1 , int param2)
	{
		return param1-param2;
	}
}

Output: Without Configuration for the named parameter


Method :main Parameters are :
Parameter: arg0

Method :printValues Parameters are :

Method :addOperation Parameters are :
Parameter: arg0
Parameter: arg1

Method :substractionOperation Parameters are :
Parameter: arg0
Parameter: arg1

Output: With Configuration for the named parameter



Method :main Parameters are :
Parameter: args

Method :printValues Parameters are :

Method :addOperation Parameters are :
Parameter: A
Parameter: b

Method :substractionOperation Parameters are :
Parameter: param1
Parameter: param2

Eclipse Configuration for Named Parameter

Go to Window Tab -> Preferences -> Compiler -> Select Checkbox for “Store Information about method parameters (usable via reflection)”.
As shown in the below screen.

Java 8 named parameter eclipse setting

Console Configuration for Named Parameter

On time on compile with javac pass additional configuration as javac -parameters “class name”.

Maven Configuration for Named Parameter

On section of the maven-compiler-plugin:


<plugin>
  <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
  <artifactId>maven-compiler-plugin</artifactId> 
  <version>3.1</version>
  <configuration> 
       <compilerArgument>-parameters</compilerArgument>
       <source>1.8</source> 
       <target>1.8</target> 
  </configuration>
</plugin>

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