Re: [RE: SAX2/Java: Towards a final form]
David Megginson <david@m...> wrote: >Miles Sabin writes: > David Megginson wrote, > > 1. Deprecate Parser, DocumentHandler, and AttributeList. > > <snip/> > > > public interface XMLReader extends Parser > > If Parser and the rest are deprecated, then why do you want > XMLReader to extend Parser? > Comments? While I share Miles' sentiments regarding legacy baggage, I believe David's deprecation approach would promote a more rapid (and smoother) adoption of the new interface (at least at the company where I work). We have abstracted the 'get a parser' process so our app developers request a parser based (primarily) on functionality rather than demanding a specific implementation; we can swap parsers in and out with little or no impact to existing applications as a consequence. If I understand the new (proposed) interface properly, our current getXXXParser methods can simply return XMLReader (after the SAX2 stuff is plopped in) which still downcasts elegantly to those apps that still expect Parser. These apps can then be upgraded in a more leisurely fashion (during the next update or bug fix cycle) while new apps can immediately begin using the proper (XMLReader) interface. The same thing could of course be accomplished using adapter techniques but that appears to result in an additional intermediate phase (and release cycle) where adapters are injected until all apps are upgraded and then removed. Regards, Jim Layer ____________________________________________________________________ Get your own FREE, personal Netscape WebMail account today at http://webmail.netscape.com. xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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