The case for dependencies on automatic modules

Nicolai Parlog nipa at
Sat Apr 8 11:30:22 UTC 2017


Automatic modules are a great feature because they allow decentralized
and uncoordinated modularization. In an ecosystem as gigantic and
diverse as Java's that is _the only_ tractable approach!

Compared to that ability and in the big scheme of things, how an
automatic module's name is chosen is a small detail. That it might end
up preventing decentralized modularization[1] is, frankly, ludicrous and
would reflect badly on the entire modularity endeavor.

As such I am convinced that everything must be done to keep that
possible, maybe including making decisions that would otherwise not be
the way to go.

 so long ... Nicolai

[1] by not publishing modules that depend on automatic modules


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