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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Using APR for Harmony's native link to the OS?
Date Fri, 10 Feb 2006 14:54:15 GMT
tellison@apache.org wrote:
> Author: tellison
> Date: Fri Feb 10 05:57:38 2006
> New Revision: 376690
> URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewcvs?rev=376690&view=rev
> Log:
> Applying patches received as HARMONY-42 (com.ibm.io.nio.FileChannel is not fully implemented)
>  - refactoring of some java platform code
>  - additional behavior on NIO file channels
>  - refactoring of some IO code
>  - work in progress on memory mapping

Tim's commits made me think about something that I thought about a 
loooooong time ago (probably 1999) in the "would be awesome" kind of 
department but I put off for a future where we would have a project to 
work on a JVM.

turns out we do have one now and turns out that APR[1] is a library that 
is now very solid and reached API stability over years of work by a lot 
of people.

so, here it is, does it make sense to have harmony depend on APR and 
therefore abstract away all those OS-specificities? (I'm talking about 
both the VM and the native part of the class library).

It also has a major social side effects: it would create the ultimate 
social bridge between the HTTPD/APR side of the foundation and the java 
side of the foundation, maybe allowing people from one side to 
contribute to the other, or, at least to help out in the interface 
between them which naturally is the JVM.

What do you think?

[1] http://apr.apache.org/


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