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From "Andy Oliver" <acoli...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: OOXML branch and JDK 1.4
Date Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:25:00 GMT
I'm still working with Microsoft on getting the verbiage we need to
expand patent coverage to "compatibility" and they've been very
cooperative.  The delay ATM is on my side, but I'm making progress (I
just wanted a legal review before I send my latest copy).  I'm -1 on a
production release of OOXML until then (but will obviously not
obstruct milestone releases etc).  I don't anticipate that it will be
much much longer.

1.4 is past EOL.  It is in the stage of "kind of dangerous" to keep
running.  They did put out the timezone patch for it, but I wouldn't
count on much more.


On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 8:50 AM, Nick Burch <nick@torchbox.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Sep 2008, Yegor Kozlov wrote:
>> Currently only ooxml code uses JDK 1.5 features. The OLE2 stuff is
>> compatible with jdk 1.4. That means we can't use enums, generics and other
>> 1.5 features in HSSF and other OLE2 projects.
> Back in january, then plan for 3.5 was that it'd be a drop in replacement
> for hssf 3.1, with changes only needed by users wanting ooxml support etc.
> Admitedly, we were hoping that both 3.2 and 3.5 would've been out by now,
> and the ooxml stuff would be trunk. Alas that hasn't happened yet.
> One big advantage to me of hssf in 3.5 staying jdk 1.4 is that it makes
> merging much easier. There's a hell of a lot work going on on hssf on trunk
> (for 3.2) which needs to be merged over, and anything that makes the process
> harder is bad for me :/
>> It's 2008. J2SE 1.4.2 will reach its End of Service Life in October 2008:
>> http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html
> On a personal note, I do actually have poi running on about 6 machines
> running jdk 1.4, but I'm hoping to get them onto 1.5 within the next few
> weeks!
>> I think we can start using 1.5 features throughout the ooxml branch and,
>> probably, in trunk.
> My vote would be that as soon as we get poi 3.2 out, we switch the ooxml
> branch to trunk. We then release 3.5, our last jdk 1.4 hssf release.
> Finally, we tag the next release as poi 4.0, and make it jdk 1.5 everywhere.
> We can then go through adding generics and enums as we want, and possibly do
> a 4.0 release not too long after that.
> All it'll need is some more help getting 3.2 and 3.5 to final :)
> I'm not sure we should be making 3.2 (from trunk) jdk1.5 at this stage, and
> I'm against anything that makes merging from trunk much harder.
> Nick
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