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From "Rob Tompkins (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (TEXT-36) Dependency on "Commons RNG"
Date Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:44:58 GMT

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Rob Tompkins commented on TEXT-36:
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Bernd's comment seems like a really good pattern with regards to consuming other components,
extending existing java classes/interfaces with our own implementations with the idea that
the examples provided display using the other component.

In doing this we give consumers more control over precisely the dependencies that they desire
when running their applications.

Either way, though, I'm in the +/- 0 category. So I'd say don't spend too much time worrying
about my opinion here.

> Dependency on "Commons RNG"
> ---------------------------
>
>                 Key: TEXT-36
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TEXT-36
>             Project: Commons Text
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Gilles
>              Labels: api
>             Fix For: 1.0
>
>
> This is a follow-up of a [discussion|https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TEXT-34?focusedCommentId=15762623&page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#comment-15762623]
held in TEXT-34.
> IMHO, there is no harm in depending on the ["commons-rng-client-api" module|http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-rng/commons-rng-client-api/javadocs/api-1.0/index.html]
of Commons RNG; the "zero dependency" mantra does not hold here, since TEXT already depends
on LANG.
> OTOH, I see that it is counter-productive (i.e. it harms the Commons project as a whole)
to not advertize or use other Commons components, despite the "own dog food" phrase appearing
recurrently on the "dev" ML.
> Rather than having people blindly use {{java.util.Random}}, we should allow them to choose
wisely, based on full information.
> IMO, that means to indeed use {{UniformRandomProvider}} in order to raise awareness about
alternatives to the sub-optimal algorithm used by the JDK.
> However, if some Commons developers do not trust that the {{UniformRandomProvider}} interface
can be stable enough for TEXT, then we should follow Jochen Wiedemann's advice (cf. archive
of the "dev" ML) and define TEXT's own interface to random numbers, with bridges to it from
{{UniformRandomProvider}} and from {{java.util.Random}}.



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