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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [vote] Require compiler options that allow partial 5.0 language features
Date Sun, 19 Mar 2006 13:42:17 GMT


Tim Ellison wrote:
> As discussed on the list, there is a compiler option in the 5.0
> compilers we use that allows source code containing a subset of Java 5.0
> language features to be compiled into 1.4 compatible class files.
> 
> Since this is quite a significant change I'd like to get a vote on
> whether the project should make this compiler option a necessity for our
> code.

I'm scared of tying us to only 1 compiler, although it would be nice to 
get going on some of the 5.0 features.

> 
> The positive outcome of this is that we can develop APIs that rely on
> those 5.0 language features, and run the resulting code on existing
> 1.4-compatible VMs.
> 
> The downside is that we are using an undocumented compiler feature on
> the reference implementation (it is supported on the Eclipse compiler).
> 
> [ ] +1 - Yes, change the build scripts to compile 5.0 code to 1.4 target
> [ ]  0 - I don't care
> [ ] -1 - No, don't change the compiler options (please state why)

+1 as long as this can be found in both the Sun and Eclipse compilers,

-1 if not

geir


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