[pstricks] not backwards compatible
D.Krammer at warwick.ac.uk
Thu Oct 16 13:28:34 CEST 2008
I've noted that every now and then, pstricks is getting updated
in a way NOT BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE.
This is not a good idea. One of the most important and basic
rules for a software programmer is to keep things backwards
compatible. Imagine they didn't... then we might as well throw
our computers away.
Whomever is responsible for this, I would like to urge, in the
future, to make only updates that are backwards compatible.
Moreover, I would be very grateful if people would be able to
make things backwards compatible again. I've got lots of pstricks
pictures involving dashed lines and I am worried I will need to
file two versions of them, one for each update. Perhaps though,
the damage that has already been done cannot be undone, by
definition (you can't make incompatible command syntaxes
I am aware of and grateful for the useful work done by the
authors and maintainers of pstricks. I have been a happy user of
pstricks for a long time and hope it can stay that way.
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