Helping to find the usefulness of a proposal
Joe.Darcy at Sun.COM
Thu Apr 2 15:19:40 PDT 2009
Mark Mahieu wrote:
> 2009/4/2 Joe Darcy <Joe.Darcy at sun.com <mailto:Joe.Darcy at sun.com>>
> Given the relative scarcity of prototypes, to say nothing of prototypes
> with a thorough test suite, we can at best make informed estimates of
> the difficulty of various changes, but I'm certain there will be
> surprises down the line, as there were for every JDK 5 language change.
> I'd certainly like to see more prototypes, personally; I find them
> extremely useful for getting to the details of a proposal.
Yes; they can help in writing the specification too :-)
> However, is there any value in people building test suites even if they
> can't put together an actual prototype to test them with? I think there
> may be.
I was more so thinking of regression style testing in conjunction with
developing a prototype, but having a limited number of independent tests
might help too.
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