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From Tommy-Carlos Williams <>
Subject Re: Android - Removing the .api namespace
Date Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:12:39 GMT
I don't wanna sound like I am being a pain, but really… the whole deprecation policy thing
is a bit pointless if it's not followed, and not noisy.

Most people who use plugins, use other people's plugins, they don't build them themselves.

The use of plugins so far in the life of Cordova has been one of massive pain when in fact
it should have been one of Cordova's shining lights.

As one of the people that *does* face developer/end user wrath when this stuff gets broken
every few months, it would be really nice if the Cordova devs doing the breaking could also
be those to help the fixing.

Blog posts. We need more. I can try to help on this and it's right up my alley, but I am also
in the middle of trying to ship an app, so time is tight.

I'll try to write a post on taking a 2.x plugin (say an example from phonegap/phonegap-plugins)
and turning it into a working 3.x plugin when I get back to Australia. However, if a week
has gone by and I haven't been able to, can anyone put their hand up to do it in my stead?
Realistically it needs to cover Android and iOS at a minimum (the plugin ecosystem for the
other platforms is much smaller).

Any takers?

- tommy 

On 30/07/2013, at 11:57 AM, Joe Bowser <> wrote:

> So, yeah, remember how I fought this, and then suddenly we came to
> consensus because it's better to break everything all at once?
> Can we actually follow our deprecation policy from now on? There's
> people there who are being unreasonable and asking for us to extend
> deprecation times to be a year in length because we do things like
> this.
> On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM, Simon MacDonald
> <> wrote:
>> Yup, break everything at once.
>> Simon Mac Donald
>> On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM, Marcel Kinard <> wrote:
>>> Normally being very averse to changing pubic API's, I'm with Andrew and
>>> Ian on this. If we are going to be making breaking changes, especially if
>>> they are small, do them all at once.
>>> On Jul 9, 2013, at 11:06 PM, Joe Bowser <> wrote:
>>>> So far, we've asked plugin developers to migrate from the old-style
>>>> plugins to CordovaPlugin so that their plugins will work with 3.0.0.
>>>> Many plugin developers have already done that.
>>> We have migrated our plugins, but have third-party plugins done the same?
>>> Or do they wait for us to release the breaking change and then they are
>>> "forced" to update their plugin? I'm guessing the latter, but that is just
>>> a guess.
>>> I think what would help here is a Plugin Migration Guide in cordova-docs
>>> that gives a nice list of what the plugin developer needs to do. Most
>>> plugin devs are probably OK with making changes, as long as we tell them
>>> what they need to know.
>>> If there is a third-party plugin that an app developer needs that is
>>> abandonware, then they can stick with 2.9.x until the plugin gets updated.

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