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From Emmanuel Bourg <>
Subject Re: [Numbers] Scope?
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:35:53 GMT
Le 1/02/2017 à 20:11, Gilles a écrit :

> One aspect is that if we have separate components, they can target
> different versions (each time answering the above question).
> People in "Commons" pushing for a supposedly minimal mass for a
> component are at odds with offering more choices to contributors.
> We can't be expected to work with a hand tied behind the back for
> the sake of the "unknown" programmer.
> Removing the fun entails less opportunities to gather interest for
> the project, so that eventually there won't be any code at all,
> neither Java 8, nor Java 7.

Keep in mind that developers are users before becoming contributors. If
we target a narrower set of users we also limit our ability to recruit
new contributors. So we have to find a balance between not too old
technologies to avoid scaring potential contributors, and not too recent
to keep a decent user base that will provide new contributors.

As far as I'm concerned the 'scary' limit is anything < Java 5. I
wouldn't mind contributing to a Java 5, 6 or 7 project is it's
fulfilling an important need for me.

Emmanuel Bourg

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