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From Marshall Schor <...@schor.com>
Subject Re: Java level prerequsite upgrade?
Date Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:45:37 GMT
There's a similar discussion happening in Maven development.

Some interesting points of view being expressed there:

1) Java 6 is pretty "uninteresting" as a change from 5; some people thought it
wasn't enough of an improvement to warrant the change.  They suggested either
not moving, or moving to Java 7.

(Java 8 has some really nice features --- but it's not out till next year...)

2) Others pointed out that many "government" users are still on Java 1.2 or 1.4
- they're very slow to upgrade.  The rebuttal to this was - that would be fine,
since they would not have upgraded their Maven, either, and the old levels work
on the older Java versions.

Food for thought... -Marshall

On 7/28/2013 10:05 AM, Marshall Schor wrote:
> Dear Users,
> The UIMA developers would like to be able to start using Java 6 language
> features; of course this would require users to be running this level or later.
> Currently, we require only Java 5 or later.
> Java 5 from various vendors is either past end-of-life or approaching it
> (meaning no updates, unless you have some special contracts).
> See http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html or
> http://www.ibm.com/software/support/lifecycle/
> If we started requiring Java 6 or later, would this be an issue for you?
> -Marshall Schor

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