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From "Luis Arias" <l...@elysia.com>
Subject Re: [Proposal] Guidlines for package distribution of Java projects
Date Sat, 20 Nov 1999 13:00:50 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: <Robert_Weir@lotus.com>
To: <general@xml.apache.org>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 1999 11:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Proposal] Guidlines for package distribution of Java projects


>
> But doesn't Java already has a component model, JavaBeans?  With this
comes
> a preexisting packaging model (JAR's) which includes a versioning scheme
> (in the manifest file), supporting other nice things, like digital
signing.
> I believe that browsers like Netscape 4 can use this information to tell
> whether or not to automatically update installed JAR's.
>
> For C++/Win32, the natural parallel would be version resource tables in
> DLL's.

Yes, does the version descriptor really have to be executable, as in a class
file ?  Why not use a text representation with a suitable executable
interface instead of tying up the information in byte codes  ?  What would
be the advantages of that ?


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