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Re: Port Subversion to Java

From: David Waite <dwaite_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2004-11-27 06:38:35 CET

On Fri, 26 Nov 2004 16:06:42 -0500, Gili <junk@bbs.darktech.org> wrote:
> I value your opinion. I hope you take the time to investigate the points I
> have brought up. Part of me feels that I am getting a lot of resistence here
> because the Subversion developers I have talked to so far aren't experienced
> with Java development at all. Trying to argue with people to change their
> habits is not an easy matter; but it also does not invalidate my points :)
I fear you are misinterpreting people's reactions. Many Subversion
developers have experience with Java (such as myself), and still feel
that the benefit of a java implementation is far outweighted by the
effort of porting the existing code, and all the dependancies.

In particular against porting to Java for cross-platform benefits -
there have been no showstoppers in porting subversion because it is
written in portable C. The code utilizes portable dependancies (some
of which were designed for the sole purpose of making cross platform
compilation simple).

The existing pure java client effort has restricted the number of
connection methods down to prevent having to reimplement berkeley DB
in Java - even Sleepycat wasn't willing to do a compatible port in the
creation of their Java version.

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Received on Sat Nov 27 06:40:47 2004

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