This patch has a lot of cosmetic changes, many in code that's otherwise not changed. It removes end-of-line spaces, changes the order of imports, reformats code, adds redundant @inheritDoc tags, adds section-heading comments, etc. These might all be fine changes, but they make it much more difficult for me to review the patch's functional changes, since I cannot focus on them. I much prefer cosmetic changes as separate patches. If an IDE is automatically making some of these changes for you then I encourage you to reconfigure the IDE.
It appears that this change is incompatible since it will require re-compilation rather than simply a jar update. Is that right? If so, then we should include it in 1.8.0, not 1.7.7.