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From Konstantin Boudnik <...@apache.org>
Subject Re: LimitedPrivate and HBase
Date Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:10:30 GMT
On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 09:51AM, Allen Wittenauer wrote:
> 
> On Jun 9, 2011, at 10:27 AM, Tom White wrote:
> > 
> > We could also change the remaining 6 cases of LimitedPrivate to Public
> > (note that they are already annotated Evolving or Unstable), and
> > deprecate LimitedPrivate. Would this allay people's concerns?
> 
> 
> Thanks for doing the search Tom.
> 
> Rather than just flip them all to public, I'd like to propose the following:
> 
> a) LimitedPrivate APIs to non-Hadoop projects are allowed to exist for 1 minor release.
> b) When a LimitedPrivate to non-Hadoop project is created, a blocker JIRA for the next
release is created.
> c) That JIRA should be used to determine whether the API should go private
> or public, and if the latter, what interface changes are required.

Allen, the idea looks reasonable yet an over-complicated for the dev. process.
It seems rather better to stick with original Tom's proposal: e.g. eliminate
LimitedPrivate and use just Private instead: lesser interfaces to
track/decisions to make, more transparent the process will be, IMO.

> This gives us a roadmap to make determinations on whether the LimitedPrivate
> API was a success or not and gives us a timeline as to when they go away,
> rather than just hanging around forever in a limbo state.
> 
> I suspect that most of these will go public anyway, but it would be good to
> have some documentation on the how's, why's, etc.  This could also be used
> to allay the fears of a "bad" public interface.


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