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From Ralph Goers <>
Subject Re: JXPathHelper
Date Mon, 24 Dec 2007 16:17:44 GMT
So you have no problem breaking API contracts with end users on minor 
point releases?

Grzegorz Kossakowski wrote:
> Ralph Goers pisze:
>> I have verified that the code below gets my new XPathXMLFileModule
>> working again. However, I'm still not sure that is the correct thing to
>> do as the change essentially broke the contract. So although I could
>> make the same change in all the affected Cocoon classes any customer who
>> happened to use JXPathHelper for their own purposes would also have
>> problems.
> I agree that fix for COCOON-2108 changed the contract but I don't agree it broke as I
think it's
> been broken earlier. Issue COCOON-2108 was caused by the fact that getAttribute was doing
> completely unexpected. Instead of returning an Object it returns String representation
of Object.
> That's bad situation and if someone relies on bad API it's also his business to fix his
> I think the best is to introduce new method like getAttributeAsString and switch to it
> it's needed.

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