Crazy Ideas on import Statements

While not high on the list of “Things Java Could Do Better,” there’s plenty of ways we could reimagine the humble import. For most of us, the IDE handles our imports (thank you very much), so we don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about them. Imports are a rather arcane way to make the compiler gods happy. I think they could look a little nicer, don’t you? Let’s look at your average set of import statements (taken from the Spring Framework,

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