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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [classlib] String is special
Date Fri, 21 Apr 2006 14:46:59 GMT
So howabout a firmer test that will break when string is changed?  that 
might at least let you sleep better.


Tim Ellison wrote:
> Ok, so reading everyone's post it seems that:
>  - we agree that there should be some way to ensure people do
>    not inadvertently modify String's shape, but
>  - there are different ways to achieve that goal, and requiring
>    people to acquire a lock is not favored.
> I propose that we leave this thread as a further reminder to all, and if
> we catch any transgressions that we revisit the mechanism.
> Just to reiterate, it is certainly not my intention to prevent people
> from working on String, I just want them to do so knowingly.
> Regards,
> Tim
> Etienne Gagnon wrote:
>> Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
>>> 3) Lock down function and behavior tightly with tests - that if
>>> modified, tests will break, and that should raise an alarm to the
>>> committer.
>> One easy way would be to add a test that compares the String.java source
>> code with a saved version, and that fails if unequal.  This way, any
>> change will trigger a test failure.  To get past this failure, one will
>> have to change both String.java and the saved test version.
>> Just an idea...
>> Etienne

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