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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject RE: Starting a java specs project
Date Fri, 30 Dec 2005 23:36:56 GMT
Davanum Srinivas wrote:

> this is just for sources of javax.* NOT implementations. One location
> for a servlet-api.jar, jaxrpc.jar, saaj.jar, xml-apis.jar.

Geir wrote:

> No - the spec jars for those things.  Not the implementations.

Ah.  And JavaMail?  There is only one functional JavaMail out there, and it
comes from Sun.  Maybe Classpathx's can be considered functional.  So we're
talking just about interfaces, and dummy stubs of classes without any real

What's the point?  To show that you can compile and link against the spec?
And, as Craig noted: "There is often what you might call "implementation" in
the javax.<spec> domain."

And how does this square with Geir's comment:

> What we're trying to avoid is for those projects that are doing
> compatible implementations, when people combine code from other
> projects, there are collisions.

Why would there be collisions if we are talking about a spec jar, except
when the spec jars are also the implementation?

I find that I am more in agreement with Craig and ... well ... Craig ...
hmmm ... odd coincidence.  And both work for Sun.  Odder still.  In any
event, the idea of an map to where the JSRs are hosted makes sense, but an
uber-umbrella isn't making sense to me, so far.

	--- Noel

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