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Re: Port Subversion to Java

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-11-26 23:33:02 CET

On Nov 26, 2004, at 4:14 PM, Max Bowsher wrote:
> I suspect that what comes across as "touchy", is in fact a reluctance
> to spend much effort responding to an idea which is perceived as
> clearly a non-starter by the vast majority.


Sorry if it sounds like we're being touchy. We certainly don't mean to
come off as a bunch of angry developers. Our mailing lists are
actually quite civil. :-)

I think things simply got off to a bad start... as a rule, we ask folks
to register bug reports and suggestions via email, and then after a
consensus is reached, we file an issue in the bugtracker as a "to-do"
item. So you probably missed the yellow box on the front of our
bugtracker which said this, and thus accidentally ruffled some feathers
to begin with.

I think what Max wrote above is spot-on. It's not that we hate Java or
anything, but I don'th think anyone feels there's a problem that needs
to be solved here. We have no portability problems right now, and our
library APIs are accessible from every language (which isn't true of
Java). A porting effort to another language would take many months of
labor, and I don't think you're going to find any active Subversion
developers interested in that task.

Why? The only real "gain" from such immense labor would be that people
writing SVN Java apps would be liberated from JNI -- and in fact,
that's exactly the motive of the Alexander Kitaev for attempting to do
his own Java port. This goal isn't particularly to most of us...
certainly not worth starting over for.

Hope this clarifies.

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Received on Fri Nov 26 23:36:25 2004

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