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From Premek Brada <>
Subject Re: proposal: a versioning repository
Date Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:21:53 GMT
Hello Marcel,

On 17.9.2010 10:24, Marcel Offermans wrote:
>> This effectively ensures version-implementation consistency across 
>> all bundles managed
>> by the given ACE repo instance, in other words, no nasty runtime 
>> errors / exceptions due
>> to type mismatches in wired bundles obtained from such a repository. 
>> Also, it means
>> the bundle programmer can be lazy and leave versioning chores to the 
>> repository ;-)
> You rightfully put a smiley there, as not all semantic changes can be 
> automatically detected by tooling of course. However, I do like the 
> idea a lot.

That's correct, the versioning algorithm -> API -> tool handles 
syntactic changes on public class elements only; OTOH, that is in line 
with the semantic versioning whitepaper which deals mainly with the 
interface/type/syntactic changes and reserves the micro and qualifier 
parts of the version identifier for semantic and internal changes.  
(Leaving aside the issue that detecting, classifying and versioning 
semantic changes properly is a lot more difficult task.)

>> - [if yes] How would you imagine/suggest such a thing should be 
>> integrated
>>   into ACE?
> As you know, currently ACE supports a REST like interface for OBR, so 
> it would be nice if we could integrate it at that level. Eventually we 
> need to support adding bundles to the OBR from the web UI so 
> integrating it there would also be nice.

OK, that's a plan already; I would be interested in putting together the 
signatures for the REST interface. Any suggestions?  I haven't yet tried 
the web UI properly, will explore that and try to come up with ideas.

>> We of course have an implementation, it extends the plain
>> interface to include versioning --
>> see the attached pieces of code to get an idea how it works (there is
>> about 0.5MB of libraries hidden behind this small interface). However,
>> this is our first cut and by no means an ideal solution.
> Would you consider donating and supporting this?

In principle, yes. We however first need to sort out intellectual 
property stuff and get rid of some of the bugs we know about.

>> PS: A sort of advertisement: we have a bundle versioning service at
>> <> 
>> - you are invited to give it a try, I would be interested in any 
>> feedback.
> From the service on this website, I would like to get a bit more 
> feedback about the actual analysis. As a test I submitted different 
> versions of the compendium bundle, and that went well (in essence, the 
> tool concluded that the versions were correct).

What kind of feedback would you like to get?


Premek Brada (Ing et MSc, PhD)
   Lecturer in Software enginering, Erasmus coordinator, Webmaster
   Department of Computer Science and Engineering
   University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, CZ
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