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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [RESULT] Ant 1.6 will require JDK 1.2
Date Fri, 04 Apr 2003 15:18:57 GMT
On Sat, 5 Apr 2003, Conor MacNeill <>

> It's funny that Stefan, who only voted +0, is the first to make a
> change that requires JDK 1.2 :-)

I couldn't find a workaround, that's all (yes, I've seen that smiley).

Having said that, I could have left all toStrings as they were after
making sure that the StringBuffers didn't get reused.  The real bad
things happen in StringBuffer#setLength and only if the StringBuffer
is "shared", which happens after calling toString.  Not calling
toString avoids the "sharing" part, not reusing StringBuffers avoids
both, sharing and the calls to setLength.

This means that we've now traded a certain amount of memory that
cannot get reclaimed by the GC in 1.4.1 for more objects that can get
garbage collected.  I.e. we could see some negative performance

The JDepend change would have required yet another (i.e. a third)
layer of indirection via reflection.

Let's say I'm lazy. ;-)

Have nice weekend


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