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From "Craig Berry" <>
Subject RE: Dropping JDK 1.1 support
Date Fri, 14 Mar 2003 07:51:38 GMT
There are plenty of people in corporate environments still using 1.3, typically because other
tools haven't yet been certified to work with 1.4 or simply because 1.3 works for them and
there's no need to incur the risk of an upgrade.  I agree with others that having the next
point release of Ant require Java 1.2 is a good idea, but requiring 1.4 would leave many people
out in the cold.

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Dale Anson [] 
	Sent: Thu 3/13/2003 10:47 PM 
	To: Ant Users List 
	Subject: Re: Dropping JDK 1.1 support

	Ditto for me, 1.4 would be my recommendation. I don't know anyone using
	jdk 1.3 or earlier.
	+1 for Ant 1.6 to use jdk 1.2.
	Conor MacNeill wrote:
	>We've started discussing on ant-dev at what point we could drop support for
	>JDK 1.1 in Ant. Steve has suggested that we should ask the user community for
	>opinions. I think that is a good idea so here goes.
	>Currently the Ant core and many of the core tasks are required to compile
	>under JDK 1.1. Optional tasks are able to require more modern JDK versions.
	>We are thinking about moving the core up to requiring JDK 1.2. It has the
	>advantage of allowing us to use JDK 1.2 facilities without resorting to
	>reflection and artificial interfaces, etc..
	>The options would be
	>1. Mark the Ant 1.5.x releases as the last JDK 1.1 compatible release. IOW,
	>Ant 1.6 would require JDK 1.2
	>2. Mark 1.6 as the last JDK 1.1 release. This would give more notice of the
	>3. Stick to JDK 1.1 support for now.
	>Please feel free to express your views.
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