On Oct 30, 2005, at 5:11 PM, zdennis wrote:

>> Two seems the nicest for backward compatibility, but I'm not sure  
>> how  far we would go.  Do I also need to support all the Reader,  
>> IOReader,  StringReader, Writer, BasicWriter classes?  I guess my  
>> gut feeling is  that I want to get away from all this complexity  
>> and back to lean,  functional, and fast.
>
> What would be the drawbacks of maintaining backwards compatibility  
> and cleaning up the library?

To me, it would be that it's a dramatic change.  It make not be 100%  
identical, unless we're very careful.  Also, we need to support the  
entire class hierarchy, even if that doesn't make much sense or isn't  
needed.

James Edward Gray II