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From Yegor Kozlov <ye...@dinom.ru>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Release POI 3.7 beta 1
Date Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:53:43 GMT

there are some last-minute changes that seem show stoppers.

  (1) REL_3_7_BETA1 depends on ooxml-schemas-1.0.jar
If I do clean checkout and then "ant dist" then the compilation fails, 
however if I run the compile-ooxml-xsds target first then the 
compilation complets OK.
We should clearly distinguish:  ooxml-schemas-1.0.jar is JDK 1.4 and  
ooxml-schemas-1.1.jar is JDK 1.5.

  (2) build of REL_3_7_BETA1 is locale-sensitive. There are two unit 
tests that fail if the sources are compiled in the ASCII encoding. I 
confirmed the problem on Win7 and Solaris.

   The first failure is in 

             ) > -1

  The second failue is 

       // text isn't quite the format rule...

The Pound sign isn't properly converted into byte code. The workaround 
is to use unicode notation:

             ) > -1

it always works.

I fixed the problem in r954172, but it was after REL_3_7_BETA1.

  (3) Compilation against ooxml-schemas-1.1.jar completes with 124 new 
deprecation warnings.

Actually, all calls of kind xmlbean.getXXXArray() are deprecated in 
favor of xmlbean.getXXXList().
I'm fine with using ooxml-schemas-1.1.jar and JDK 1.5 syntax but we 
should adjust our codebase and test-drive it for at least one month 
before cutting release.
  Another point is the recent research performed by Bruce Alcock 
(Bryce.Alcock@sungard.com) - improper calls of setXXXArray() can 
significatnly affect performance. I made a number of improvements in 
XSSFSheet and XSSFRow and would like to research performance of 
setXXXList() vs setXXXArray() . Until I do it, I would rather abstain 
from  switching to ooxml-schemas-1.1.jar.


Hi All
> It's been about 6 months now since 3.6 FINAL, and the changelog [1] 
> shows we've fixed a fairly hefty number of bugs, even if there haven't 
> been that many new features. So, I'd like to propose that we do a beta 
> release now.
> The release candidate files are available from:
>     http://people.apache.org/~nick/POI-3.7-beta1/
> (The standard packages of source and binary are under /dist/, while 
> the jars and poms to feed into the maven repo are in /maven/)
> As with all apache release votes, please check that not only does the 
> code work, and no major breakages have occured since the last release, 
> but also that packaging is correct, license headers and notices exist 
> etc.
> For anyone running with the full ooxml-schemas jar (instead of the 
> cut-down poi-ooxml-schemas jar), please not that this beta requires 
> version 1.1, which is the same XSDs but compiled for Java 1.5. You can 
> get this by running the "compile-ooxml-xsds" ant task, or from Maven 
> (Yegor will be uploading it shortly)
> Voting to bless the release candidates as the 3.7 beta 1 release will 
> run until Wednesday 16th June. Please vote:
>  +1 - I support this release
>   0 - I don't object to this release, but I haven't checked it
>  -1 - There's a problem with the release, and that is ....
> Nick
> [1] http://poi.apache.org/changes.html
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