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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [Numbers] Scope?
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:15:00 GMT
On 2 February 2017 at 12:35, Emmanuel Bourg <ebourg@apache.org> wrote:
> Le 1/02/2017 à 20:11, Gilles a écrit :
>
>> One aspect is that if we have separate components, they can target
>> different versions (each time answering the above question).
>> People in "Commons" pushing for a supposedly minimal mass for a
>> component are at odds with offering more choices to contributors.
>>
>> We can't be expected to work with a hand tied behind the back for
>> the sake of the "unknown" programmer.
>> Removing the fun entails less opportunities to gather interest for
>> the project, so that eventually there won't be any code at all,
>> neither Java 8, nor Java 7.
>
> Keep in mind that developers are users before becoming contributors. If
> we target a narrower set of users we also limit our ability to recruit
> new contributors. So we have to find a balance between not too old
> technologies to avoid scaring potential contributors, and not too recent
> to keep a decent user base that will provide new contributors.
>
> As far as I'm concerned the 'scary' limit is anything < Java 5. I
> wouldn't mind contributing to a Java 5, 6 or 7 project is it's
> fulfilling an important need for me.

+1

> Emmanuel Bourg
>
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