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From Berin Loritsch <blorit...@d-haven.org>
Subject Another Technical Issue with Framework 4.2
Date Wed, 14 Jul 2004 14:29:05 GMT
It seems that merely relying on Framework 4.1.x is not really going to 
be an option because the IMPL has some fixes that we need. 
Unfortunately, there is the big question of the change in constructor 
policy.  We can't really say we support Avalon Framework contracts for 
4.2 at this point--but at the same time there are some fixes to the 
utilities that we need that are in 4.2.

Unfortunately the damage is done, so we need to address how to avoid 
this scenario in the future.

My suggestion is this:

* Any bug fixes get released separately from contract changes.
* Any contract changes must have a lot of noise surrounding them so that 
there can be decent communication between the projects that depend on 
the framework.

This way, the framework compatibility is preserved in the widest 
context, and important bug fixes don't get lost because we don't want to 
upgrade to the latest and greatest new contract *yet*.


"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to 
build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to 
produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."
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