[FFmpeg-devel] [GSoC] FFserver further development direction
Josh de Kock
josh at itanimul.li
Thu Apr 26 14:09:55 EEST 2018
On 2018/04/26 11:56, Nicolas George wrote:
> Josh de Kock (2018-04-26):
>> Generally, adding more things to public API is a bad move
> I do not accept this statement as is. Please justify it.
What I mean by this is making private fields public is generally a bad
move. They were initially made private for a reason, and if you suddenly
need to modify them outside then you must ask: What does this new code
do differently to all the other code which makes it require a private
It's a matter of consistency, if some new code could be written without
requiring a private field to become public then this is better.
It's also a matter of complexity, the API is less complex if there are
less public field. If it wasn't better then please submit a patch which
makes all private fields public. Of course, this doesn't apply to
everything sometimes there are genuine reasons for new API fields to be
added but *generally* a smaller API leads to a better experience. I did
say that in this case I was unsure.
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