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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: Intention to work on Pack200 uncompressor/compressor
Date Fri, 26 May 2006 00:23:13 GMT
Would you mind if I ask why?


Alex Blewitt wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'd like to start work on an implementation of the pack200
> decompression algorithm, from the specification which is available at
> http://www.jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/first/jsr200/
> The actual java class/interface is relatively simple, but the
> implementation behind the unpack() and pack() methods decidedly isn't
> :-) My goal will be to provide the unpacking algorithm first, and then
> work on a packer subsequently. I'll probably try to write it in an
> o.a.h module first, and then hook it into the java.util.jar
> classes/packages later.
> The only problem is that I'm building this on a Mac (primarily) and so
> I don't have the ability to download the IBM VM for bootstrapping the
> VM process (though a later task is to see if I can help with the
> migration of the VM to Mac OS X). Can I develop it against the Java
> 1.4 on my machine for the o.a.h module first, and then contribute it
> in stages?
> The other problem is that the API is pretty sparse; the packer either
> unpacks, or it doesn't :-) So from a contribution point of view, there
> may not be much to publically show, but I'd like (if possible) to have
> some of the implementation work made available as I go, in case anyone
> else wants to help out :-)
> I'd also like to try and design the implementation such that it could
> be downloaded and used by other OSGi implementations (e.g. Eclipse).
> If someone can give me some advice as to a suitable package name I can
> make an initial start on an implementation, and then in stages can
> post it to Jira.
> Thanks,
> Alex.

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