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From Gary Gregory <garydgreg...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Can the next version major version of a project require Java6? (i.e. drop Java 1.5)
Date Wed, 07 Dec 2011 17:58:04 GMT
On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM, henrib <henrib@apache.org> wrote:

> I respect your point of view but it is really hard to attract new
> contributors when we first state they MUST code with JDK 1.5.
> And again, if the need for a Java 1.5 backport is proven - rather than
> imposed by default - , it's always possible to people interested in it to
> contribute (and/or ask). Plus I really suspect that for edge projects,
> there
> is absolutely no audience widening in supporting Java 1.5.
> Regards,
> Henrib
>
> PS: it would be pretty interesting to know which JDK is actually deployed
> within enterprises by segment/size. All customers we see - mostly Oracle
> customers  as well - now run Java6.
>
>
FWIW, at work, we went from Java 1.4.2 directly to 1.6 years ago. We
changed the platform requirement for our server and tool and that was that.
If you want to use the latest and greatest of our wares, you need Java 6.
We do use JAXB, scripting and so on, so it's a lot more than
String#isEmpty() ;)

Gary


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