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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: Servlet 3.1, Tomcat 8 etc.
Date Mon, 01 Aug 2011 15:45:30 GMT

On 7/26/2011 1:30 PM, Mark Thomas wrote:
> The Servlet EG is starting to discuss changes to the Servlet API for
> 3.1. It would be useful if the option existed to implement some of these
> changes in Tomcat trunk. The benefits of this are:
> - we can see how feasible the API changes are to implement
> - users can try out the new APIs (assuming we do a Tomcat 8 alpha release)

How much of this stuff could reasonably be built-into Tomcat 7 without
breaking anything? I ask because Tomcat will have to be
backward-compatible with earlier versions of the spec, anyway, so is
there a real danger to adding to trunk and continuing to release 7.0.x
versions from it?

> Assuming that there are no objections to that plan, that leads to a
> couple of other questions.
> 1. Should tomcat/tc7.0.x/trunk be RTC or CTR?

If development will stay almost entirely within trunk, I would say RTC,
but I'm not sure all development should be separated from the 7.0 branch
(see above).

> 2. With tomcat/trunk becoming the basis for Tomcat 8, I would like to
> see earlier and more frequent alpha/beta releases than we had for Tomcat
> 7. That would increase the effective number of versions we are
> supporting. With that in mind, should we announce end of support for
> 5.5.x with the last release expected in ~12 months time?

+1 to announcing end of support for 5.5 in the first half of 2012.


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