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From Ralph Goers <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
Subject Re: Compiler targets and Java 9
Date Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:54:32 GMT
This whole discussion has me really confused.  According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_version_history
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_version_history> the free version of Java 5 reached
end-of-life in 2009 and Oracle's supported version reached end-of-life in 2015. https://developer.ibm.com/javasdk/support/lifecycle/
<https://developer.ibm.com/javasdk/support/lifecycle/> doesn’t even show Java 5 any
more but https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/forums/html/topic?id=77777777-0000-0000-0000-000014807464
<https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/forums/html/topic?id=77777777-0000-0000-0000-000014807464>
indicates that it also was dropped in 2015.

So why are we discussing support for Java 1.5 when not even the vendors who ship it support
it?

Ralph


> On Jun 5, 2017, at 9:45 AM, Gary Gregory <garydgregory@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 9:17 AM, Jochen Wiedmann <jochen.wiedmann@gmail.com <mailto:jochen.wiedmann@gmail.com>>
> wrote:
> 
>> On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 5:20 PM, sebb <sebbaz@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>>> I'd like us to be able to push out a new release with minimal changes
>>>> at any given time. If we have, for example, 1.6 as the target, and the
>>>> previous
>>>> release had 1.5 as the target, then we'd loose that ability, IMO.
>>>> (Think security releases.We've had quite a few in the past.)
>>> 
>>> Understood, but I'm not sure why you feel the lack of a 1.6 release
>>> would prevent a security release.
>>> Surely we could just apply the fixes to the previously released code
>>> and change to 1.6 at the same time?
>> 
>> Because the result clearly be binary incompatible to its predecessor,
>> and that's the whole point of such an emergency release. We'd want a
>> drop-in replacement.
>> 
> 
> If someone wants a fix for something that runs on 1.5, they are welcome to
> provide a PR. I do not think we need to handcuff ourselves to Java 5. If
> your runtime is stuck on Java 5, your likely to have other more pressing
> security issues to address...
> 
> Gary
> 
>> 
>> Jochen
>> 
>> 
>> --
>> The next time you hear: "Don't reinvent the wheel!"
>> 
>> http://www.keystonedevelopment.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/ <http://www.keystonedevelopment.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/>
>> evolution-of-the-wheel-300x85.jpg
>> 
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