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Easier Java reflections.


Reflections, an access to program elements structure from themselves, although not recommended in applications are essential when creating frameworks. Java has somewhat complicated and verbose ways to do reflections, sometimes to the extremes.

Introspectable comes to rescue. This library has few methods that eases common reflection tasks.


Queries allow simpler access to reflections objects from their source: a class.

Example: Test framework

To inject created mocks, it needs to find all non-static fields in test object, that have annotation @Mock present.

Stream<Field> injectedMocks = 

Example: Remoting library

To create remote proxy, it needs to know all the interfaces implemented by provided class, that extend Remote interface, but excluding remote, and their name ends with Rpc.

Iterable<? extends Class<?>> interfaces = 
        .filter(candidate -> candidate.getSimpleName().endsWith("Rpc"))

Example: Form binding

To clear form, binding library needs to know all single-parameter void non-static method that are named apply:

Stream<Method> appliers = 

Example: Messaging

To convert an incoming message to an appropriate object, messaging needs to know actual type parameter for consumer:

Class<?> targetClass = 

Example: Dependency injection

To inject new instances with required dependencies, IoC container needs to know which constructor is injected:

Constructor<C> injectedConstructor =

Example: Servlet Discovery

To discover and register all servlets, web application needs to scan classpath for Servlet classes to instantiate:



Introspectable adds simple facade for creating proxies. Natively, it supports standard JDK proxies and javassist + objenesis.

Proxies are built from ProxyBuilder which in turn is created from ProxyBuilderFactory. Then, proxies for specific objects can be created by providing InvocationHandler:

Example: Remoting

Remoting library needs to replace method call on proxy with message transmission:

Object proxy = 
        .ofType(stubClass, Remote.class)
        .instantiate(invocation -> {
                Transmission transmission =
                    invocation.decompose((method, target, parameters) ->
                        channel.transmit(method.getName(), proxyName, serialize(parameters)));
                return transmission.readReplay();

Example: Call logging

UserService service calls needs to be logged:

UserService proxy =
        .instantiate(invocation -> {
                String source = invocation.decompose((method, target, parameters) ->
                    method.getDeclaringClass() + "#" + method.getName());
                LOGGER.info("Before call on {}", source);
                try {
                    return invocation.withReceiver(realService).invoke();
                finally {
                    LOGGER.info("After call on {}", source);

Annotation building

Sometimes you just need to get instance of annotation type. Be it library interface which assumes that you will extract the annotation from element, or some method call just requires annotation, assuming that you extract. In either case, you can build it using AnnotationBuilder.

Example: Named injection

Injection framework requires you to provide javax.inject.Named annotation instance:

Named instance =
        .with(Named::value, "fantastic")

Functional references

Sometimes it would be nice to have properties or method compile-time checked to match requested signature. You can use FunctionalReference superinterface to make functional interfaces introspectable.

Example: Annotation building

Introspection framework uses annotation methods to build annotations:

public interface MemberExtractor<A, X> extends FunctionalReference {
    X extract(A annotation);

class AnnotationBuilder<A> {
    public <X> AnnotationBuilder<A> with(MemberExtractor<A, X> member, X value) {
        String name = member.introspect().referencedMethodName();
        return withMember(name, value); // private, safe

Example: Factory methods

Injection framework needs to extract factory class and product class from provided factory method:

public interface Factory<F, P> extends FunctionalReference {
    P build(F factory);

class FactoryInjector<F, P> {
    public static <F, P> FactoryInjector<F, P> of(Factory<F, P> factory) {
        FunctionalReference.Introspection introspection = factory.introspect(); // this kinda slow
        Class<F> factoryClass = (Class<F>) introspection.resultType();
        Class<P> productClass = (Class<P>) introspection.parameterType(0); // safe
        return of(factoryClass, productClass, factory);

How to use

Add as dependency:


Currently, introspectable artifacts is stored on perfectable.org maven repository only, so you need to add following entry to your repositories: