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Re: Moving Gnus development to Emacs

From: Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
Subject: Re: Moving Gnus development to Emacs
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 2016 04:28:44 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.130014 (Ma Gnus v0.14) Emacs/25.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Steve Youngs <address@hidden> writes:

>   > That would mean removing basically all compat code.
> OK, from where I sit, this would totally suck. :-(  And anyone not
> wanting to use dev Emacs would just have to put it all back in.
> Any chance I could talk you out of it?  Is there a compromise?  Would it
> be possible/acceptable to leave in the existing compat code but not
> update it or use it for any new features from this point on? (I realise
> this wouldn't be possible every time)

Having different programming styles in the same functions is just
awkward.  One talks about `gnus-union' and the other talks about
`cl-union' (or whatever).  Somebody who tries to fix a bug will have to
examine `gnus-union' to see whether it does something weird, and then
discover that it's just the normal `cl-union'.

It's doable, of course, but it's not very readable.

> I don't mind having to bring my own glue to get the lastest and greatest
> shiny new feature working, but I don't want to glue stuff that has been
> working fine for me for the last 15 to 20 years.

Well, Gnus will still be working for you, but new features will have to
be ported gingerly, I'm afraid...

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