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From Stefano Bagnara <apa...@bago.org>
Subject Re: [mime4j] Drop JDK1.4 support entirely?
Date Tue, 06 Jan 2009 13:19:15 GMT
Markus Wiederkehr ha scritto:
> Mime4j uses the retrotranslator maven plugin to build a JDK1.4
> compatible jar file. Now I've noticed a few problems with that.
> 
> For example CipherStorageProvider contains this innocent looking lines of code:
> 
>     catch (NoSuchAlgorithmException e) {
>             throw new IllegalArgumentException(e);
>     }
> 
> The problem is that constructor IllegalArgumentException(Throwable)
> was introduced in Java 5 and retrotranslator wants to embed its own
> version of IllegalArgumentException because of that.
> 
> Another problem is the @Deprecated annotation used in a few classes.
> Retrotranslator seems to retain that annotation. Annotations require
> enums, enums require classes from java.util.concurrent, and so on.
> Resulting in over 130 classes that would need to be embedded, adding
> 200 kb to the retrotranslated jar file.
> 
> I also think Iterable would be nice to have in a few places. Enums, too.
> 
> All these features can be used of course, but not without embedding a
> lot of classes or adding a dependency on retrotranslator-runtime.jar.
> 
> We already had this discussion and I was in favor of keeping JDK1.4
> support because it comes cheaply. I'm not so sure anymore if it's
> worth it.

+1 If someone will need java 1.4 support they will help reintroducing
the retrotranslator stuff. AFAIK no mime4j user expressed the need to
have a java 1.4 version yet.

Stefano

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