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From Henri Yandell <flame...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [net] binary compatibility be damned
Date Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:40:24 GMT
On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM, Daniel F. Savarese <dfs@savarese.org> wrote:
>
> I guess I had more to say, or rather ask.
>
> In message <BANLkTikf9iGKczWraRDW_yb50wuD9x4+GQ@mail.gmail.com>, sebb writes:
>>really necessary, because of the additional work that it causes all
>>downstream users.
>
> What additional work?  As far as I know, end users--as in people who don't
> write code--don't download new versions of Commons Net jars and plug them
> into the applications that they use.  They don't even know the applications
> they use depend on Commons Net.  Developers of the applications they use
> update the jars when they release a new version of their software and
> deliver it to their users.  Developers are our downstream users and they
> compile their code before releasing it.  So as long as we remain
> compile-time compatible, there's no problem.  What am I missing?  That's
> not a rhetorical question.
>
> I must be missing some use case you have in mind, such as something
> analogous to a Linux distribution updating /usr/lib/libstdc++.so or some
> other shared library and breaking all dynamically linked user-compiled
> binaries dependent on it.  The only Java examples of that I can think of
> are the result of lack of care in deploying applications (where you
> end up pulling jars into your CLASSPATH that you don't intend).

My understanding is that we want to protect people who update without
doing any testing (or recompiling).

Personally I agree with you, our stance on binary compatibility is
entirely too dogmatic and leads to stagnant outdated codebases.

Hen

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