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From robert burrell donkin <>
Subject Re: [betwixt] Inheritance version 2
Date Sun, 30 May 2004 11:19:09 GMT
On 30 May 2004, at 05:48, Inger, Matthew wrote:

> I will try to come up with some unit tests following whatever
> examples are in the betwixt package currently.

that's a good idea. betwixt uses it's own testing utilities and there 
are number of tricks. these probably need documenting one day soon.

> I'm still waiting
> on my committer access (CLA still hasn't been recorded), otherwise
> I'd make the commit myself when i've got the unit tests ready.

the betwixt code on CVS HEAD is fragile, hard to understand and poorly 
tested. historically, it's been easy for developers to create patches 
which work for them but break other important features. that's one 
reason why i've been reluctant to actively recruit new betwixt 

(the code on the REFACTORING branch is more robust and easier to safely 
work with. note that until the new digester release, the unit tests on 
REFACTORING are broken when run from maven).

there are also a few ways in which the betwixt practices are a little 
different from some other components. all extra features need unit 
testing, documenting and adding to the task list. betwixt really needs 
a developer guide.

the new roadmap (on the wiki) is for the CVS HEAD material to be 
released sooner rather than later as 0.5 as a baseline, bug fix release 
for those using the alpha. therefore, i'd prefer it if you don't just 
dive in right now. if you're keen to help with betwixt (and your 
efforts would certainly be appreciated :) then probably the best thing 
to do would be to take a release candidate branch for 0.5 sometime this 

> As far as the documentation, i'm assuming it's bundled with the
> source code, correct?  If not, please let me know where i can
> get it, and how to get the changes back to you.

the javadocs are mainly aimed at developers (or advanced users who 
write their own strategies and so on).

the user documentation is contained in the xdocs/guide directory. it's 
in the usual xml format used by maven. please make sure that 
documentation is added at the same time as the code. (i know that this 
is a slow way of working but it's easier having this stuff on the 
website than answering questions on the user list.)

- robert

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