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From Richard Liang <richard.lian...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Location for API extensions
Date Mon, 13 Feb 2006 13:05:43 GMT
Hello Tim,

+1. It's excellent.

Richard Liang
China Software Development Lab, IBM

Tim Ellison wrote:
> I've put a first cut of the proposed package naming convention on the
> website:
> http://incubator.apache.org/harmony/subcomponents/classlibrary/pkgnaming.html
> Regards,
> Tim
> Leo Simons wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 10, 2006 at 12:52:09PM +0300, Anton Avtamonov wrote:
>>>> As I wrote elsewhere, I propose that packages whose naming convention is:
>>>>        org.apache.harmony.<modulename>.<something>
>>>> represent internal APIs.  All visible (public/protected) types in those
>>>> packages can be used by class library developers from any module, and
>>>> such developers can expect the API to be evolved in a compatible way.
>>>> Module developers should not rely on the stability of anything starting:
>>>>        org.apache.harmony.<modulename>.internal
>>>> and are strongly discouraged from referencing visible types in such
>>>> packages since these are type internal module implementation code (and
>>>> when we turn on OSGi runtime checks the imports from other modules will
>>>> fail).
>>>>> From other hand if we are talking about using these useful classes only
>>>>> inside Harmony then it's probably a good idea. But we need some procedure
>>>>> for moving a class to utilities package and we need to notify developers
>>>>> about class capabilities.
>>>> Moving it to a 'utilities' package should be as simple as making it a
>>>> non-internal package name; and the notification is javadoc of those
>>>> non-internal types.
>>>> If people agree I'll write something for the website along these lines,
>>>> if not we can continue to debate it on the list.
>> +1 (to the website thing, though debate obviously is fine too :-D).
>> I personally think that it is a good idea to seperate out non-J2SE-specific
>> non-Harmony-specific stuff as much as possible. I also think it is a good idea
>> to evaluate very carefully on a case-by-case basis whether it makes sense to
>> have that kind of code live under the "harmony" banner -- experience has shown
>> that breaking out "true" utility stuff can help result in wider usage of that
>> stuff which tends to result in more bugfixes, better code, etc.
>> For example (and I'm being really naive here) I can imagine that java.util
>> could be built on top of jakarta-commons-collections, or that java.util.logging
>> could be built on top of log4j (now that'd be cool).
>> But this is just me imagining stuff that might be possible in the future. For
>> now it doesn't make sense to worry or think about this too much - we'll see
>> what kind of ties between harmony and something like jakarta-commons (or
>> whatever other part of the open source java space we're on about here) is
>> possible as the issue comes up. 
>> cheers!
>> Leo

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