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From Phil Steitz <>
Subject Re: [lang] alpha package
Date Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:57:30 GMT
On 4/7/11 1:14 PM, sebb wrote:
> On 7 April 2011 21:08, Henri Yandell <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 10:48 AM, Phil Steitz <> wrote:
>>> I think the idea of having a separate, releasable "child" of some
>>> kind that can break compatibility with its parent and earlier
>>> versions of itself is a good one.  The setup I have described above
>>> is probably not the best, but we should be able to figure out how to
>>> do it and communicate what it means to users.  Letting the child
>>> keep living with the parent makes me nervous.  I know it may be
>>> easier to just make a room in the basement, but then you have to
>>> soundproof the floors, etc.
>> If your child is something that you frequently clone back into your
>> brain, then sure.
>> It's more like being able to backup and merge yourself [common scifi
>> subject nowadays]. You'll want to kick off versions to experiment on
>> something risky and then bring back the value from its results.
>>> Better to just spring for another artifactId ;)
> Not sure that's necessary?
>> As long as they end up in the same release.
>> Sounds painful build-wise. I guess I get to do the multi-pom thing
>> *memories rear in back of head*. Looks like JCI and VFS do this, so
>> I'll figure out how they do things build-wise.
> Commons NET creates 3 binary jars:
> - main
> - ftp + dependencies
> - examples
> and does not need a separate module, but there may be advantages to
> having a separate module.
The big advantage is that you can release independently from the

Lots of releases of [foo-alpha], relatively fewer releases of [foo]
that merge back stable stuff from [foo-alpha]

>> Hen
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