This causes a minor inconvenience to me because NetBeans detects this and complains about it (i.e.: fails the build). So, I must explicitly add a compile time dependency on slf4j-api.
So it’s complaining because the tooling api source refers to these classes? Or because your code does?
It is complaining because the tooling api does. I don’t use slf4j-api. That is, NB packages jars into its zip (nbm), if it is a compile time dependency. It assumes that runtime is optional. It might be questionable but in Maven, you can’t specify that it is runtime but always required. So I guess, it was a design decision to consider runtime to be optional.
Ok, got it. Will raise internally to see what we want to do and post back.