Tool for compatibility checking?

Discussion in 'Java' started by Mike Schilling, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Does anyone know of a tool, preferably open source, for checking that
    versions N and N+1 of a library are compatible? Ideally:

    * The tool is open source
    * It allows specifying which classes are to be checked, either by inclusion
    or by exclusion
    * Its result is a report listing any places where compatibility has been
    violated, e.g. where a method was added to an interface
     
    Mike Schilling, Mar 27, 2011
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  2. Mike Schilling

    Arne Vajhøj Guest

    On 27-03-2011 12:13, Mike Schilling wrote:
    > Does anyone know of a tool, preferably open source, for checking that
    > versions N and N+1 of a library are compatible? Ideally:
    >
    > * The tool is open source
    > * It allows specifying which classes are to be checked, either by
    > inclusion or by exclusion
    > * Its result is a report listing any places where compatibility has been
    > violated, e.g. where a method was added to an interface


    I assume that you mean a simple API support check and not a check
    against implementation problems in the library.

    No - I don't know of either, but it is two very different problems.

    Arne
     
    Arne Vajhøj, Mar 27, 2011
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  3. "Arne Vajhøj" <> wrote in message
    news:4d8f63f6$0$23752$...
    > On 27-03-2011 12:13, Mike Schilling wrote:
    >> Does anyone know of a tool, preferably open source, for checking that
    >> versions N and N+1 of a library are compatible? Ideally:
    >>
    >> * The tool is open source
    >> * It allows specifying which classes are to be checked, either by
    >> inclusion or by exclusion
    >> * Its result is a report listing any places where compatibility has been
    >> violated, e.g. where a method was added to an interface

    >
    > I assume that you mean a simple API support check and not a check
    > against implementation problems in the library.


    Yes. I don't see how to check the latter (run-time compatibility) other
    than a complete set of unit tests.
     
    Mike Schilling, Mar 27, 2011
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  4. Mike Schilling

    Arne Vajhøj Guest

    On 27-03-2011 12:38, Mike Schilling wrote:
    > "Arne Vajhøj" <> wrote in message
    > news:4d8f63f6$0$23752$...
    >> On 27-03-2011 12:13, Mike Schilling wrote:
    >>> Does anyone know of a tool, preferably open source, for checking that
    >>> versions N and N+1 of a library are compatible? Ideally:
    >>>
    >>> * The tool is open source
    >>> * It allows specifying which classes are to be checked, either by
    >>> inclusion or by exclusion
    >>> * Its result is a report listing any places where compatibility has been
    >>> violated, e.g. where a method was added to an interface

    >>
    >> I assume that you mean a simple API support check and not a check
    >> against implementation problems in the library.

    >
    > Yes. I don't see how to check the latter (run-time compatibility) other
    > than a complete set of unit tests.


    Exactly.

    Arne
     
    Arne Vajhøj, Mar 27, 2011
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