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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: To Release or not to Release?
Date Thu, 31 Jan 2002 10:08:40 GMT
Carsten Ziegeler wrote:
> Hi Team,
> I'm not very happy with the latest overnight changes.

I have some concerns as well.

> There were so many updates of external libraries (xerces, avalon,
> resolver) which are now not really tested very well, I fear. (Perhaps
> I'm wrong here.)

Resolver is byte2byte identical. So shouldn't be a problem.

Avalon, well, an official release is always better than a intermetiate

My only concern is with Xerces 2.0: while I absolutely see the need to
move to Xerces 2.0 as soon as possible, I think that doing it the day
before release is a little too far.

I would release with Xerces 1.4.4 and update it tomorrow.

> And as we see with xerces this has already influenced other
> components (Deli) as well, so these had to be changed as well
> (or being more precisly: removed).

Oh, that's not a big deal: we can add DELI support in 2.0.2

> Is this really necessary? Do we always have to use the latest and
> hottest versions?

When it makes sense, yes. For resolver, this is a just a legal thing.
For avalon, well, this will make Sam and Gump happier (and me as well).

> I think, it would have been better to wait for the 2.0.1 release
> and make these changes afterwards. Even if that would mean that people
> using Xerces 2.0 would not be able to use Deli. In fact, currently this
> would be only a minority which could not use Deli, but no noone
> can use it.
> (OK, one positive aspect is that we now have official release of avalon
> framework and excalibur in the repository, which I really like!)
> Anyway, as these changes happened and I don't want to revert them,
> we have to deal with them now.

I'm suggesting to reverting the Xerces 2.0 upload (just in case!) before
> Nevertheless I want to get the release out today. If I don't get
> a -1 in the next 4 hours, I will roll it out then.

Uh, almost missed the deadline :)

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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