The rise and fall of Builders

Richard Bair richard.bair at
Thu Aug 29 12:33:46 PDT 2013

Actually you are privy to the original discussion -- it is all in the mailing list history :-)

The long and the short of it -- getting the generics right in a way that allowed for API evolution turned out to be a nightmare from which we couldn't recover.


On Aug 29, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Felix Bembrick <felix.bembrick at> wrote:

> I was not privy to the original discussion but I am lead to believe that Builders are no longer considered fashionable and that we are advised not to use them.
> While I realise that every type of Node basically needed its own Builder, could someone please outline why this situation has arisen?  Is it something to do with "fluent APIs" themselves or some other reason?
> Thanks,
> Felix

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