too many parameters?

posted by alexis reigel on october 06, 2006

Today I came across an interesting fact about java (referring to the programming language, not the island). But first things first. You may not be interesting in the previous history but I’ll tell it anyway.
During my diploma work (that will be finished in one week by the way) I had to generate some classes invoking the wsdl2java parser. I won’t explain what that parser is about. Anyway, I invoked the parser on the amazon web service which got me an interesting error. ItemAttributes.java:538: too many parameters. So I counted them and I got 261 arguments. That made me wonder how many arguments were actually allowed for a method in java. I searched the java forums and mailinglist and found the answer in the Java Virtual Machine Specification. The following summarizes the facts I was interested in.

"Java limits the number of method parameters to 255 or 254 or less if parmeters are of type long or double. The 255 method parameter limit is for static methods and 254 for non static methods."

And some more limitation facts for that matter.

I hope that no programmer will ever get even close to those limits. Otherwise the class design should definitely be reconsidered. Anyway, I’m positive that I’m not going to ever see a method that has more parameters than this one…