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From David Clark <>
Subject Re: Maven coordinates going forward
Date Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:09:49 GMT
The original http-builder is unmaintained. However http-builder-ng is

We already had to change the maven coordinates because of Maven/Sonatype
restrictions, so things should be fine provided people upgrade to the newer

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 8:12 AM, Winnebeck, Jason <> wrote:

> Can you explain the story around a library like
> org.codehaus.groovy.modules.http-builder:http-builder, which is no longer
> really maintained? What happens to such a library when Groovy 3 comes out
> and we are using that library? Let's say there is no maintainer to update
> the sources to Groovy 3 and re-release.
> Jason
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Russel Winder []
> Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:54 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Maven coordinates going forward
> On Thu, 2017-03-30 at 09:26 +0200, Cédric Champeau wrote:
> > We have to keep in mind that there's a larger story here, which is
> > supporting Groovy as a module. And this *will* require package changes
> > and binary breaking changes. So I don't think the status quo is
> > acceptable in the long run.
> So why not make Groovy 3 the place to do this?
> Whatever has been said about the Python situation, the core problem was
> not the breaking change, the problem was the lack of active management of
> the change.
> Python is a source deployment language where JRE-based langauges are not.
> Thus JRE-based application have the classic COBOL, FORTRAN, and Fortran
> problem of "we've lost the source" (banks and governments are the usual
> suspects for this). I would exclude this situation from our thinking.
> Organisations in such a state (as some UK banks and the UK government is)
> should take it as an opportunity to revolutionise (which the UK government
> is, cf. the job adverts for COBOL, FORTRAN and Fortran knowledgeable people
> who also know Python, Java, etc.
> Python also had the problem of Python 2.6 and 2.7 along with 3.3 and
> 3.4 (3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 can safely be ignored now). Having 2.6 and 3.3 in
> the mix made for a very hard time. Allowing only 2.7 and 3.4+ in the mix
> made for a much, much easier time. So initially moving from Python
> 2 to Python 3 was a manual task (bad management by the Python 3 folk),
> then came the six generation of upgrade tooling (a start). By dropping
> 2.6 and 3.3, we get the far nicer future upgrade tooling (which works
> nicely to create 2.7 and 3.4+ compatible code). The moral here is choose
> the versions being upgraded from and to, and then make some nice automation.
> So if we assume a base of Groovy 2.4 and ignore all previous Groovys and
> the breaking change of 3.0 can we write some Groovy (obviously :-) scripts
> that automate source changes?
> If the Python 2 → Python 3 breaking change had been more actively managed
> with earlier arrival of six and future, the problems would have been much
> less. Most of the vocal Python 2 Remainers have now made their codes run on
> both Python 2 and Python 3, and there are very few complaints about
> providing Python 3 only. OK so there are still a few people who say "we
> must support Python 2.5" but those people are few and far between and are,
> in the main, totally ignored. Python 4 will undoubtedly have breaking
> changes, but they will be better managed in terms of supporting
> multi-version working and automated (well at least
> semi-automated) upgrading and mixed-version working. The lessons of six
> and future have been well learned.
> So Groovy will have breaking changes, this is right and proper. Put in
> place tools for upgrading, and support multi-version working where possible
> and practical. Do not be swayed by calls for "we must change nothing,
> backward compatibility". They have a version of Groovy that works for them
> so they should not upgrade – ever again. That must not stop the rest of us
> from progressing.
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