manuelag2004 at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Aug 5 12:44:51 UTC 2016
Thank you both for explaining the process, it's very useful to understand the flow.
I emailed the group you indicated about my intention to create a patch for that issue and I'm now waiting for feedback. I'll let you know if there are any objections.
From: dalibor topic <dalibor.topic at oracle.com>
To: Martijn Verburg <martijnverburg at gmail.com>
Cc: "adoption-discuss at openjdk.java.net" <adoption-discuss at openjdk.java.net>
Sent: Friday, 5 August 2016, 9:25
Subject: Re: OpenJDK contribution
On 05.08.2016 10:13, Martijn Verburg wrote:
> Sounds convoluted? There's strong reasoning behind it, basically
> *great* caution and restraint must be applied to changing a version of
> Java already in PRD use by 100's of millions of applications :-). For
> the full list of ground rules for contributing to Java 8 updates
> see http://openjdk.java.net/projects/jdk8u/
> @Manuela - let us know how you get on over at the jdk8u-dev mailing
> list, if you get stuck please ask here! :-)
Fwiw, the reasoning for "post ideas first, patches later" is slightly
different : not all ideas are as good upon reflection as they may
initially seem - for example, the Project might not be interested in
P4/P5 issues at a particular point in time, because they are ramping
down towards a release.
So inquiring about an idea first avoids the typical, frustrating open
source situation where someone just goes ahead and does something,
assuming they are doing the world a service, but the world at large does
not care about that particular thing at the time, or someone else has
already done it, or whatever other reasons there are for things to go
That's often a very frustrating experience for the submitter, as they
had sunk their heart and effort into something assuming they'd be doing
something good, and for the recipients, as they have to deal with those
frustrations rather than with the issues they wanted to deal with already.
A good way to avoid that problem is to make people talk about things
they plan to do first, before they invest themselves into them. If no
one joins in the conversation, it may turn out that the idea is not as
worth doing to others as it may initially seem, for example.
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