Project Jigsaw goals and requirements
enewcomer at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 17:48:10 PDT 2011
Who will be the spec lead for the modularity JSR? Will it be an open process, or will the spec lead be someone from Oracle?
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On Aug 31, 2011, at 1:13 PM, mark.reinhold at oracle.com wrote:
> Apologies for the delayed reply. Unfortunately I've had limited time to
> devote to the modularity topic over the past couple of months. Between
> getting JDK 7 out the door, taking some much-needed vacation time, and
> tending to various non-technical tasks at the request of my management
> it's been an unexpectedly busy summer. I'm in the process of ramping
> back up on modularity now, however, and I expect to be more fully
> engaged going forward.
> 2011/6/3 3:19 -0700, gnormington at vmware.com:
>> I'm pleased to see the explicit acknowledgement of some basic OSGi
>> interoperation requirements in the requirements document ().
>> I agree with David Bosschaert (), that it would make sense for OSGi
>> to support the Java SE 8 module format and, for modules which can serve
>> equally well as OSGi bundles, I'd like to avoid dual-maintenance of
>> module metadata and OSGi manifest. I'd like to be able to "decorate"
>> the standard metadata.
>> However, the requirement "The syntax must place all extended metadata
>> after all standard metadata, with a clear delineation between them."
>> precludes inline decorations. The result would be duplication and
>> I propose that this requirement be changed so that standard metadata
>> could be decorated inline (the decorations would be ignored by the Java
>> SE module system).
>> What do you think?
> Like all other design issues this one will, ultimately, be decided by
> the EG of the upcoming module-system JSR, which I expect to submit some
> time in October. What you see in the Jigsaw code right now is just a
> For now, my own view on this is that we need to find the right balance
> between readability and extensibility. It's critical that the standard
> metadata be easy for every developer to read. In-line decorations tend
> to reduce readability, especially when their semantics are non-standard
> and module-system-dependent. Placing extended metadata at the end of a
> module declaration allows it to be maintained along with the standard
> metadata but in a way that doesn't harm readability.
> To put it another way, should the burden of "clunkiness" be borne by all
> developers, or just by those who need to deal with extended metadata?
> - Mark
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