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From "Chia-Ping Tsai (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-19535) Introduce a new annotation to say there is no BC guarantee in the inheritance
Date Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:33:00 GMT
Chia-Ping Tsai created HBASE-19535:
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             Summary: Introduce a new annotation to say there is no BC guarantee in the inheritance
                 Key: HBASE-19535
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-19535
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: Task
            Reporter: Chia-Ping Tsai
            Priority: Critical
             Fix For: 2.0.0


We have added many Public "read-only" interface in 2.0 to save user from the dangerous operations.
For example, TableDescriptor, ColumnFamilyDescriptor, Region, Store, etc. However, this change
make us be hard to enhance these interface (ie. add the new APIs)  because the BC will be
broken for the user having the subclass of these interfaces. In contrast with Cell, Filter,
and coprocessor, these new interfaces are NOT designed to be a extendable class for user but
we have no explicit  caveat. As I see it, it is necessary to introduce an new annotation to
explicitly say "you CAN extend this Public class with the BC guarantee". On the other hand,
user should not extend the Public classes which don't have the such annotation.




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