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From "David W. Van Couvering" <David.Vancouver...@Sun.COM>
Subject VOTE: Principles of sharing code
Date Sat, 22 Oct 2005 23:48:12 GMT
As suggested by many of you, here is a call vote on the overall 
intention for how we want to share code, without bogging down in the 
details.  Thanks to Kathey for a very helpful suggested wording.

This vote is to support the overall intention to implement a framework 
to allow code sharing across the Derby product jars that will allow 
Derby jars of the same major version to be loaded in a Java VM without 
having to use specialized classloaders.  Forward and backward 
compatibility between jar files within the same major version will be 
implemented using versioning, compatibility tests, and an explicit 
procedure for deprecating internal APIs.

If the major version of the jars loaded in a JVM differ, the user will 
need to separate the two versions by using separate classloaders.

This implementation will not have any significant impact on jar file 
size or otherwise affect product distribution or usage.

The detailed guidelines are being documented and refined on the Derby 
Wiki site at 

Subsequent to approval of this vote, a working implementation of shared 
code using this framework will be submitted for review.

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