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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Can we use the features that are new in Java 1.5 for Hadoop contribution?
Date Mon, 03 Apr 2006 21:29:10 GMT
Runping Qi wrote:
> In other words, does Hadoop need to be compatible with Java 1.4?

That's a good question.  I think it also really needs to be asked on the 
Nutch user list, since most Hadoop users are using Hadoop via its 
inclusion in Nutch.  The issue will be (from my experience with Lucene) 
folks whose platform does not yet support Java 1.5.  Owen & looked into 
this a bit, and it seems like Java 1.5 has made it to Macs, FreeBSD, 
etc. by now, but it's hard to know whether there are other fringe 
platforms that don't yet have a solid Java 1.5 port.  We don't need to 
support everyone forever, but we also don't want to alienate a host of 

What features are you interested in using?  Some features, like the 
concurrency stuff, have been backported.  (Nutch currently uses a 
backported version of that.)  Others, like generics, would be more 
difficult to back-port.


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