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From sebb <>
Subject Re: [lang] alpha package
Date Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:07:10 GMT
On 7 April 2011 07:35, Henri Yandell <> wrote:
> I've been pondering the tension between stability and innovation.
> Once 3.0 is out I'd like to add an alpha subpackage:
>  org.apache.commons.lang-alpha
> It's specifically a location of code that is:
>  a) Not linked to a version. When we move to 4.0 it does not change.
>  b) Does not offer backwards compatibility. Classes move out of
> lang-alpha and into lang3 (or lang4 etc).
> Not all new code goes there, but much does. The 'contrib' package of
> an open source project is an essential aspect of allowing the project
> to innovate without burden. If I can convince us to achieve a goal of
> frequent releases, we'll need to be able to release code that we're
> not 100% sure about into our stable packages. It doesn't solve the
> cataclysmic changes (moving to Java 5.0 for example), but it handles a
> lot of items.
> I'm not wedded to the alpha name btw; would love to hear of a better one.
> A side effect that I like is that people can monitor the changes to
> the alpha package to get a feel for what's coming/what's arrived.

Sounds like a good idea, but I the code should be released as a
separate jar, otherwise it will cause havoc with binary compatibility.

> Hen
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