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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [doc] Compatibility guidelines
Date Thu, 27 Apr 2006 01:22:04 GMT

Tim Ellison wrote:
> What I'm trying to convey is:
> 1) We should be doing spec-driven development, not development based on
> probing the behavior of any particular implementation of the spec  (even
> the RI).
> I believe this is in best keeping with the spirit of Sun's intent for
> independent implementations of Java.

Absolutely! However, I don't think Sun even does this in pure form - 
they have persisted bugs version after version because they didn't want 
to break customers.

> 2) Since we know from experience that the spec leaves many questions
> unanswered, we should use the RI of the spec to resolve those questions
> using the public published interfaces to the RI.  Typically this will
> mean running a test, written to public APIs, and observing the result.
> 3) Compatibility with existing implementations is very important to us,
> therefore we will run our tests written based on the spec against both
> our implementation and the RI (and possibly other implementations) to
> ensure we behave in the established way.

So far so good.

> Where there are anomalies or inconsistencies in the way the spec
> describes how things should work, how they work in the RI, or how they
> work in accepted implementations, then we discuss, decide, and document
> the chosen solution for Harmony.


We're in harmonious agreement.


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