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From zzzeek <clas...@io.com>
Subject Re: VOTE: JDK1.2 compiler
Date Tue, 13 Jun 2000 18:19:11 GMT

what are the 1.2 features being used that so many other JSP
implementations do not need?  Im not as concerned over using 1.2 compilers
as I am over what kind of overly complex design is demanding the use of
1.2-only reflection, "complex code", etc.



On Tue, 13 Jun 2000, Danno Ferrin wrote:

> Given the movement in MacOSX, Linux/IBM, and BSDi 
> 
> +1 to 1.2 compiler, and
> +1 to removing 1.1 at some point prior to 4.0 (3.3 is my recommendation)
> 
> costin@costin.dnt.ro wrote:
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I want to know where do we stand with this issue: please send your vote
> > about removing the requirement of a JDK1.1 compiler.
> > 
> > Tomcat will still be usable with JDK1.1 and will support it, but for
> > compilation you'll have to use a JDK1.2 compiler ( or jikes or any 1.1
> > compiler with a JDK1.2 library in classpath ).
> > 
> > The problem is that it's very hard and ugly to support jdk1.2 features
> > that can be compiled with JDK1.1.
> > 
> > It is reasonably easy to support JDK1.1 - by using the 1.2 objects only in
> > local variables and inside if() blocks - if the code is never called the
> > object will not be instantiated.
> > 
> > I know that some of you may use JDK1.1 - and I agree it's important to
> > support it, but supporting the compiler is really hard - and it doesn't
> > seem to be too many people interested in helping with that. It just add a
> > big overhead to anyone who contributes code ( reflection, conditional
> > builds, complex code, etc).
> > 
> > Costin
> > 
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