In this chapter, you will learn

  • What annotations are
  • How to declare annotations
  • How to use annotations
  • What meta-annotations are and how to use them
  • Commonly used annotations
  • How to access annotations at runtime
  • How to process annotations in source code

What Are Annotations?

Annotations were introduced in Java 5. Before I define annotations and discuss their importance in programming, let’s discuss a simple example. Suppose you have an Employee class, which has a method called setSalary() that sets the salary of an employee. The method accepts a parameter of the type double. The following snippet of code shows a trivial ...

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