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From Gordon Sim <g...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: C++ 0-9 merge heads up
Date Tue, 06 Mar 2007 15:43:25 GMT
Martin Ritchie wrote:
 > I didn't think that change 'extra' spec change would affect the C++ as
 > it is only required if nowait is false.

Almost all changes to a spec file will affect any implementation that 
uses that spec file. Even adding an unused parameter to a method has an 
effect - for c++, any client or broker built against that will require 
that parameter to be specified or else a decoding error will occur. 
Whether it breaks anything (beyond interoperability) is a separate 

As nowait is false by default, any piece of code not explicitly updated 
to set the new parameter to true will require a response. The python 
client waits for responses if they are to be sent, resulting in the test 
hanging if the broker doesn't respond as expected.

I'm not jumping on this case only, and I know this has been discussed 
before, but I think we must be very careful about modifications of the 
spec file.

For one thing I'm not sure how that works with the copyright on the top 
of those files; are we allowed to make changes to this file? do we need 
to make those changes clear in some way?

Another issue is that when we come to creating releases our 
implementation is non-compliant. This is different (and worse in my 
opinion) than merely not implementing everything or adding extra 
functionality. Again, I'm not sure what the legal position is w.r.t 
releasing AMQP 'implementations' with altered methods.

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