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Re: JavaSVN (Re: Subversion Branding / "whole product" (Was: Re: SmartSVN - a new Subversion client))

From: Ben Reser <ben_at_reser.org>
Date: 2005-02-26 04:48:27 CET

On Fri, Feb 25, 2005 at 06:42:54PM -0000, Max Bowsher wrote:
> I suspect that feelings just then were tainted by the recent presence of
> one or two people who were advocating rewriting the *whole* of Subversion
> in Java and *dropping* the C implementation!!!
>
> Thus unfortunately created a general predisposition to react unfavourably
> to any idea containing the word "Java".
>
> Fortunately, that seems to have faded now, and saner personalities have
> prevailed.

I agree with Max here. But I'll add, not only did they come around
saying we should dump the C code and rewrite everything in Java. But
these same people seemed to think that we should do the work and that
they didn't seem to inclined to do it. Basically it came across as
language bias.

Additionally, generally most of us thought it was harder than it
apparently was. So it became somewhat of a joke among us that we should
rewrite it all in Java.

Had someone come to us and said "We want to write an interoperable set
of Java APIs and host them in our repo," the reaction would have likely
been very different. I don't think any of us are against make the
technology as accessible to as many people as possible. That's why the
project is using libraries and has various bindings. We just know that
the core group of people can't necessarily maintain all these bindings.
Someone has to step up and take responsiblity for new bindings or in
this case a completely new API implementation.

Since JavaSVN has been done, if people are interested in working on it
and maintaining it I'm not opposed at all for it being included in with
the main project. I just expect it to be working for the quality
standards that we hold the rest of the project up to. From the sounds
of it that's exactly what's going on. So....

+1 from me on adding JavaSVN to our repo.

-- 
Ben Reser <ben@reser.org>
http://ben.reser.org
"Conscience is the inner voice which warns us somebody may be looking."
- H.L. Mencken
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