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> > On Dec 4, 1998, Godmar Back <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > On the other hand, why doesn't the test harness use reflection...? > > Because there was no Java Core Reflection API in Java 1.0? > The answer is that this approach would require java.lang.reflect. The test framework gets the class object for a test using Class.forName. However, making a call to a static method on a class requires reflect. By adding a constructor, we can just call Class.newInstance, and then make a simple method call on the resulting object. This requires a bit less machinery, and more importantly lets us use it for libjava, where we haven't yet implemented reflect.