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From Costin Manolache <>
Subject Re: [5.0] Xerces 2 impact on startup
Date Sun, 13 Apr 2003 22:47:00 GMT
Remy Maucherat wrote:

> Costin Manolache wrote:
>> Remy Maucherat wrote:
>> I agree - the startup time is important. Tomcat itself ( with no app )
>> starts very quickly - and IMO caching the context info ( in a .ser file )
>> would take care of most of it. That's why I started to add "Serialiable"
>> markers and sort out the "transient" fields that shouldn't be saved.
>> However there are many more important issues - I don't expect this to get
>> into 5.0. Getting the code stable and finishing few remaining open issues
>> should be the biggest priority.
>> Moving back to crimson - or no parser at all for JDK1.4+ - and having
>> a small bundle with ant+xerces+a script that validates an XML file
>> against DTD and schema would be an improvement for startup time,
>> and reduce the size and complexity.  My +1 if anyone wants to propose it
>> :-)
> Yes, that sounds reasonable.
> We could pitch the main distribution as JDK 1.4+, and provide a package
> of binaries for older VMs, as well as that deployer package ?

I have no problem with having the main distribution targeted to JDK1.4, 
or recommending 1.4. 

This has been discussed many times - what's important is to still be able to
run tomcat with JDK1.3 and GCJ, for people who can't use JDK1.4. 

GCJ is important for other reasons as well.


> Obviously, this may not happen unless contributors show up (this could
> be a nice small project for new developers, hint, hint) :)

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