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From Duo Zhang <zhang...@apache.org>
Subject About the InterfaceStability annotation for public API
Date Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:28:15 GMT
In the compatibility section of our refguide, the compatibility for patch
version, minor version and major version is not related
to InterfaceStability annotation. The only place we mention it is for
Server-Side Limited API compatibility.

And  in the Developer Guidelines section, we say this

Public packages marked as evolving may be changed, but it is discouraged.
I think this is a little confusing, esepecially that the comment
of InterfaceStability also mentions the compatibility for patch, minor and
major release.

For me, I think only InterfaceStability.Unstable is useful for public API.
It means the API is still experimental and will not respect the
compatibility rule.

So here I suggest we just remove the InterfaceStability annoation for the
classes which are marked as InterfaceAudience.Public, and change the
comment of InterfaceStability and also the refguide to be more specific.

Suggestions are welcomed.


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