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Re: [Issue 1924] [PATCH] Add support for custom keyword substitutions

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-07-05 18:45:03 CEST

Archie Cobbs <archie@dellroad.org> writes:
> Closing the bug is fine. My patch was meant to be a short term solution
> to be eventually replaced by the more complete keyword expansion changes
> proposed by other folks. However, I didn't realize that my change, while
> fairly minor, causes an API incompatibility, which means that it can't
> really be "short term" because it would have to wait for a major release
> anyway. So... nevermind.
>
> This does make me wonder whether the API preservation requirement does
> more harm than good, but that's a different question and not one for me
> to answer :-)

Heh. I don't wonder -- I'm pretty sure it does more good than harm.

Remember, the harm is always easily visible: someone wants to
implement a feature or fix a bug, but they're hampered by the API
compatibility requirements. The pain there is palpable.

The good, on the other hand, is less visible, becasue it lies in what
*doesn't* happen: people don't experience nastiness when they upgrade
client or server, third-party programs using the Subversion APIs are
able to continue working, etc, etc. That pain *would* be palpable, if
it ever actually occurred -- but it doesn't, so people often aren't
aware of what they've been spared.

When 2.0 comes out (breaking compatibility) you'll see what I mean :-).

-Karl

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