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From Richard Liang <richard.lian...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [general] Sun's permission to use exception messages and toString() formats
Date Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:07:25 GMT
Good news! So we can output the same message if possible. Not sure 
whether we need to update all of us toStrings? Any comments?

Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
> 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.
>
> geir
>
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Richard Liang
China Software Development Lab, IBM 



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