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From S├ębastien Brisard <>
Subject Re: [all] Does this break binary compatibility?
Date Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:55:41 GMT

> In fact, changing the return type does break binary compatibility (binary
> compatibility is different from source compatibility), since the return
> type of a method is part of is java signature.
> This means that if someone would want to use the new jar (with changed
> return type) as a drop-in replacement, without recompiling anything else,
> the code would not execute (without NoSuchMethodError thrown).
Thanks for these explanations. I guess this change will have to wait !


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