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From "Alan D. Cabrera" <>
Subject Re: One version for specs
Date Tue, 03 Oct 2006 18:04:53 GMT

On Oct 2, 2006, at 12:38 PM, Jason Dillon wrote:

> IMO there is no "best" way to handle this problem.  There is only  
> good and bad for each solution, but there is no smoking gun to  
> solve everyones issues.
> I already sent out that itty bitty note about the release being jar  
> + pom(s) but I wanted to clarify that even more...
> If you take the current specs build... all of the versions of the  
> specs are defined in the top-level pom, which means that whenever  
> any module need to change, that its parent will also need to  
> change, and that change to its parent may cause other specs to need  
> to be changed (if they depend on the spec that has been  
> versioned).  Those dependent modules really should be released in  
> the same process too, but there is no easy mechanism to automate  
> that in the multi-versioned build.  Which leaves that task up to  
> process... and as I have mentioned before, will almost certainly  
> result in problems due to lack of insight into maven and how the  
> multi-version spec build functions.
> If we have each spec in its own tree, that means that nothing is  
> shared and all referenced version numbers are hardcoded, which  
> means that when a dependency module is released that it is up to  
> the process again to make sure that each dependent module gets  
> updated and then released... which is even more problematic for  
> keeping things in-sync and now users need to have even more insight  
> into how the specs related to each other and will almost certainly  
> end up in disaster, especially as more specs are added and more so  
> when developers come and go.

What are the interdependencies between spec jars?  I don't think  
there are many.  GIven this fact, I'm not sure that there needs to be  
a root POM, _in specs_, that binds all the versions together.


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