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From Eric Hodges <harmo...@swbell.net>
Subject Re: [spinnaker] Announce
Date Tue, 11 Jul 2000 23:23:23 GMT
C++ and Java are fundamentally different languages.  Java uses some of C++'s
syntax, but that's it.  I vote that a Java version be developed, and any
good strategies that show up AND work well in C++ be appropriated when the
C++ version is developed.  But trying to find one design that fits both
languages well will produce one design that doesn't quite fit either

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Heninger" <andyh@jtcsv.com>
To: <general@xml.apache.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: [spinnaker] Announce

> The C++ and Java code for a parser will clearly not be identical - they
> are different languages - but there's much to be gained by keeping the
> overall architecture and design the same between the two versions.
> The existing xerces-C scanner is a fundamentally different code base from
> xerces-j, at least in part because some of those tweaky Java optimizations
> seemed to dominate the design of xerces-j.
> At some point XML schema will need to be done for C++, and I certainly
> hope that we [whoever actually ends up doing the work] will be able to use
> the design for schema support from xerces-J pretty much intact.
> Knowing that there will be both a Java and a C++ implementation of a given
> design does impose some constraints, but they're not too bad - a little
> extra thought on how memory management will work, don't rely too heavily
> on introspection and the like.  And it doesn't mean that the C++ code
> needs to come out looking like the Xerces C++ DOM, which was set up as a
> minimum effort port from Java.
> But if we don't think about the issues up front, when doing the initial
> architecture, we run the risk of having to do a complete redesign for C++,
> which would be a big waste of time and effort.
> Andy Heninger
> IBM XML Technology Group, Cupertino, CA
> heninger@us.ibm.com
> From: "James Duncan Davidson" <james.davidson@eng.sun.com>
> > on 7/10/00 2:05 PM, Joe Polastre at polastre@jtcsv.com wrote:
> >
> > > I'd also like to see this be coordinated with the xerces-c developers
> since
> > > the source base for xerces-c is based on the original xerces-j.  it
> would be
> > > nice to keep the two parsers in sync so that changes to one parser and
> > > relatively easy to implement in the other.  plus, i haven't seen
> anyone
> > > comment on the implications towards the c++ parser by starting a new
> branch
> > > that could possibly become the new xerces-j.  [us C++ developers are
> real
> > > people too!]
> >
> > I disagree. I don't think that keeping sync across C++ and Java is
> > reasonable given that two very different coding strategies really should
> be
> > used to make each appropriate for it's environment.
> >
> > I think that the feature sets and goals should be similar -- SAX, DOM...
> But
> > the implementation should be different.
> >
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