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From Pier Fumagalli <>
Subject Re: Cocoon is not gump!
Date Tue, 29 Jun 2004 21:39:04 GMT
On 29 Jun 2004, at 19:46, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> A decompiler will be your best friend, not google. Google might give 
> you the solution, but without the code how to you change it? 
> re-assemblying the bytecode by hand?
> Or you might want to kiss Sylvain if the source code was distributed 
> along with the binary code ;-)

I found myself in this exact situation last year: the guy who developed 
the pre-Cocoon version of VNUNET.COM built the site with a CVS snapshot 
of Lucene (of course using features not available in the 
previously-released version, and with API changes incompatible with the 
next), whatever.

A couple of weeks before he left his PC (where he kept the Lucene 
snapshot) died, and I found myself in the position of having to run on 
a decompiled version of a JAR to see what he did for MONTHS before I 
actually found how to rewrite the whole shabang using a release 

Now, this is (of course) my fault (I should have checked before he 
left), but having been in the situation of "where the heck are the 
sources" already, with a system which runs your live server, well, I'm 
telling you it ain't pretty at all...


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