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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject [general] Sun's permission to use exception messages and toString() formats
Date Mon, 17 Jul 2006 00:56:25 GMT
Sun, via Graham Hamilton (my favorite Sun Fellow), has stated the
following :

   Sun has no objections to Harmony (or other TCK-compliant Java SE
   implementations) using the same exception messages and toString
   formats as the Sun implementation of Java SE.

Further, as a personal comment, he added :

    Keep in mind that since these messages and formats are not part of
    the Java SE specifications, Sun may occasionally change the messages
    and formats it uses.  We tend to be cautious in doing that, so as
    not to impact applications, but it isn't ruled out.

Also, it should be noted that in the APIs where Doug Lea or Josh Bloch
had a major influence, there's a good change that the toString() format
*is* defined in the spec.  For example, see HashMap (via AbstractMap).
The point is that while it hasn't been done consistently throughout the
entire API, it's well understood by some that people depend on these
things, and one should be careful about changing them.


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