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From "Steve" <>
Subject RE: Is Gump the obsticle?
Date Sun, 19 Feb 2006 05:02:28 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Barker

> Actually, the reason Gump came into being is because of 
> incompatible version changes :).  What it does is let other 
> projects know that this is happening early enough that they 
> can plan how they want to deal with it.  A fair number of 
> times, it's to switch from project foobar to project 
> packaged-foobar, and deal with it later.  But at least it's 
> on their radar now :).

Incompatible version changes arise from:

   (a) development errors

   (b) planned version change typically flagged
       by a major version identifier increment

The first is something we want to trap while the second is something managed
and intentional. Gump does a good job of identifying and reporting errors
related to (a) but it is weak with respect to supporting managed change
arising from (b).

> It might be a nice feature to be able to create a 
> packaged-foobar just from the metadata, without having to get 
> Stefen involved with downloading the jars himself.  Maybe 
> something for Gump 3.

Yep - good suggestion! 

Cheers, Steve.

Stephen McConnell

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