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Re: [Nmh-workers] cleaning out the cobwebs

From: belg4mit
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] cleaning out the cobwebs
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:32:28 -0400

>Well, yeah, that is what I'm thinking about.  Seems silly to have m_getfld call
>something that sort of looks like m_getfld but is different.  Making it work 
>to all of the body parts would in my mind be architecturally better for nmh.  
>as you say, more work.

So why not create a "new and improved" but robust and backwards-compatible 
by a different name to implement the new behavior? It can then be tested for 
with the new features and once it proves reliable, replace the existing calls?
(perhaps with an experimental build option for "early adopters" to do so now).

It's a few more steps, but you otherwise seem to get the best of both worlds?
Modern code for the future without discarding stable spaghetti of the present.

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