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Re: [] A Composable Platform Over Profiles

> On May 1, 2018, at 2:36 PM, Bill Shannon <bill.shannon@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Jason Greene wrote on 05/ 1/18 11:11 AM:> I argue that a better approach would
> be to define the platform as a palette
>> of composable standards[1], where profiles define only what must be available
>> for a developer to choose from, and only limit the version of a given
>> standard to the minimum that must be provided[2].
> The former is exactly where we intended to head for Java EE 9.
> Defining the requirements for composability and getting every
> vendor to agree to them and every product to implement them
> would be a challenge.

One thing that helps here is that granting implementations flexibility doesn’t mean we have to force everyone to move to such an approach (at least initially). IMO, It’s perfectly reasonable to allow a vendor to ship a traditional full profile only distribution if they choose to do so. 

> The pros and cons of the latter are definitely worth discussion,
> although we never would've done that for Java EE.  Jakarta EE
> can define different rules if that's seen to be better for the
> community.

I certainly understand some of the concerns there and look forward to a discussion on it.


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