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Re: [Classpathx-discuss] Activation implementation

From: David Brownell
Subject: Re: [Classpathx-discuss] Activation implementation
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 14:46:07 -0800

> if it is deemed righteous we could put the stream classes into some 
> package. i didn't think we were allowed to add or subtract 
> from the api though - if we were it would have been more sensible to 
> create shared mime implementation support classes that could be used 
> both by http and mail agents.

Oh, I certainly deem some stuff like that would have been
righteous for the JavaMail API designers!  But you're right
that adding new "javax.*" packages (or puclic classes, methods,
fields, etc) is alleged (by Sun:) to be evil unless you're Sun.

I do seem to recall some criticism of that API as it happened,
much along the lines you sketched:  "it would have been more
sensible..." to make a general purpose MIME classes rather
expect javax.mail.*, javax.servlet.*, and so on to each have
one more implementation.  That's what a lot of people asked for
at the time, but I think the javax.mail.* people were focussed
on just their (primarily client side) part of the world.

- Dave

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