[WG: Sakai QA] [Building Sakai] KNL-155/SAK-16036/SAK-800: Resources archive filehandling issues

Seth Theriault slt at columbia.edu
Fri Apr 17 19:06:53 PDT 2009

Anthony Whyte wrote:

> Using properties to mask or otherwise hide incomplete or 
> problematic code (see SAK-800) is not ideal.  However, given 
> that at least one institution, Oxford, is comfortable using 
> the code as is, renders problematic the simple and 
> straightforward expedient of commenting out the 
> functionality and forcing them into hack mode when 
> implementing 2.6.0 or 2.6.x.

I think that the "properties" approach sets an extremely bad 
precedent. Broken and incomplete code should NEVER be 
knowingly released, plain and simple.

Apologies to Oxford, but if they are "comfortable" with 
something that almost everyone is agreed is broken, they 
should continue to patch it in until it gets in workable 
condition and others start to adopt. That's what being on the 
bleeding edge is all about.


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