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From Rick Hillegas <Richard.Hille...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: JDK 1.4 support
Date Mon, 01 Dec 2008 15:50:34 GMT
Knut Anders Hatlen wrote:
> other good stuff ...
>> Our current small device claims aren't based on compile-time
>> checks. Instead, we rely on warnings raised by community members who
>> run the tests on small platforms. If we want to continue supporting
>> small devices, then I think that we ought to be compiling the bulk of
>> the core engine against CDC/FP 1.1.2 libraries, not against JDK 1.4.2
>> libraries.
> Are you suggesting that we make the Foundation libraries a required
> component for building Derby? I'm not sure I think we should do that, as
> that would make it even more complicated to compile Derby. I would
> rather say that we should should make it possible to build (most of) the
> core engine against the Foundation libraries, and it should also be
> possible to build it against libraries from a newer JDK. That way we
> could make it easier for those who just want to download the source and
> build Derby for themselves (they don't need to download many different
> JDKs and libraries), and make it possible to get more compile-time
> checks for those who care about that and are willing to spend more time
> to set up their build environment (primarily active developers and those
> who run nightly regression tests).
I agree that we don't want to make the Derby build more complicated for 
people who are new to the community. I was suggesting a moderate-sized 
chore: provide stubs for the CDC/FP api just as we do for the JSR169 api 


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