Robert Klemme wrote:
> We always need to balance cost and benefit.  In this case to me the
> benefit seems to be outweighed by costs

Right, what folk might not realise is that the 1.8 version constructed
an object on each usage which had to be GC'd later, whereas in the 1.9
version it can be free. So there was good reason to support it directly.

Clifford Heath.