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From "Sam Ruby" <ru...@us.ibm.com>
Subject Re: Consolidated feedback on JDK 1.4?
Date Sat, 02 Jun 2001 01:01:50 GMT
Edwin Goei wrote:
>
> Could you send me the details of the Crimson bug?  I am not familiar
> with the other areas.

Gladly.  The fix to the problem is:
   http://xml.apache.org/websrc/cvsweb.cgi/xml-crimson/src/org/apache/crimson/tree/XmlDocument.java?rev=1.7&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup

The problem manifests itself on line 98 of:
   http://jakarta.apache.org/cvsweb/index.cgi/jakarta-alexandria/proposal/gump/gen.java?annotate=1.2

> As to the various other comments on this thread about breaking
> compatibility, IMO, it is not in anyone's best interest, including
> Sun's, to break compatibility with previous releases.  It defeats the
> major value proposition of Java.  For example, I've been told that using
> the @deprecated tag is not allowed in new code b/c methods won't ever be
> removed from APIs.

There were methods removed.  And there were methods added to public
interfaces that existing code implements.

> So if you find compatibility problems with the JDK 1.4 beta, I'm sure
> the developers would be interested in hearing about them so they can be
> fixed before FCS.  A major reason why the software is pre-released as
> beta is to find compatibility problems.
>
> Sorry if I sound overly self-serving b/c I happen to work for Sun.
> There are other times when I don't agree with certain company decisions,
> but that's another topic.

Nothing self-serving about sincerely wanting to avoid compatiblity
problems.

What's the most effective way to get the information to the right people?
I am willing to test new drops on a frequently (even daily) basis.
Alternately, everything required to reproduce my results is freely
available.  If someone with the ability to correct these problems is
interested, I am willing to invest the time necessary to show them how to
reproduce the problem

- Sam Ruby


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