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back to top  Dear KV,

Why do so many programmers insist on numbering APIs when they version them? Is there really no better way to upgrade an API than adding a number on the end? And why are so many systems named "NG" when they're clearly just upgraded versions?



Xiaofeng Li

Maybe 'nng' or '2ng' for the second Next Generation. Saves typing. :D

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