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Mastering Eclipse Plug-in Development by Dr. Alex Blewitt

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Public APIs and version ranges

When making changes to a bundle, the appropriate segment of the version number should be incremented. If the API doesn't change, then clearly just the micro version should be updated. However, if there's new functionality, then the minor version should be updated, and the major version should be updated for backward incompatible changes.

But what is a backward incompatible change? It depends on what the change is. For example, a new method on an interface called by clients is a minor change since it's new functionality, the interface will be a subset of the previous version. However, if the client is expected to implement the interface, then adding a new method would cause a break in clients, because classes that ...

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