These are the release notes and advice for upgrading Joda-Time from version 2.7 to version 2.8.

Joda-Time version 2.8

Joda-Time is a date and time handling library that seeks to replace the JDK
Date and Calendar classes.

This release contains enhancements, bug fixes and a time zone update.
The release runs on JDK 5 or later.

Joda-Time is licensed under the business-friendly Apache License Version 2.
This is the same license as all of Apache, plus other open source projects such as Spring.
The intent is to make the code available to the Java community with the minimum
of restrictions. If the license causes you problems please contact the mailing list.

**  Please also check out our related projects   **
** https://www.joda.org/joda-time/related.html **

Enhancements since 2.7
- Encode properties files using unicode escapes [#228]
  The properties files are supposed to be loaded using ISO 8859-1 but Android seems to have issues with that.
  Re-encode the files using unicode escapes to sidestep the issue.

- Avoid ProGuard errors in Android jar [#246]
  Separate logging from time-zone compilation

Compatibility with 2.7
Build system - Yes

Binary compatible - Yes

Source compatible - Yes

Serialization compatible - Yes

Data compatible - Yes
 - DateTimeZone data updated to version 2015d
 - In the past year, the IANA time-zone database maintainer has changed unique time-zone data for many parts
   of the world into shared "links". For example, in IANA 'Asia/Kuwait' now links to 'Asia/Riyadh'.
   (I personally disagree with the IANA time-zone database maintainer's actions but my objections were ignored).
   This was a problem for Joda-Time as we interpreted the concept of links (many years ago) as only being used
   for backwards compatibility. Links are exposed in Joda-Time, because if you request a time-zone for a linked
   identifier you get the target of the link back. As such, in recent versions of Joda-Time, it was not possible
   to obtain a DateTimeZone with an appropriate identifier for many parts of the world, such as 'Asia/Kuwait'.
   With this release, most links in the main IANA files are now restored to be real zones.
   As a side effect of this, some identifiers that used to act as links are now real zones.
   In summary, in the last Joda-Time release, requesting 'Asia/Kuwait' would have given back 'Asia/Riyadh',
   but it now returns 'Asia/Kuwait' (where 'Asia/Kuwait' and 'Asia/Riyadh' have the same time-zone rules).
   In most cases, this won't have any impact on your application.
 Zones affected (now real zones rather than incorrect links):
 * Africa/Bamako
 * Africa/Banjul
 * Africa/Conakry
 * Africa/Dakar
 * Africa/Freetown
 * Africa/Lome
 * Africa/Nouakchott
 * Africa/Ouagadougou
 * Africa/Sao_Tome
 * Atlantic/St_Helena
 * Africa/Addis_Ababa
 * Africa/Asmara
 * Africa/Dar_es_Salaam
 * Africa/Djibouti
 * Africa/Kampala
 * Africa/Mogadishu
 * Indian/Antananarivo
 * Indian/Comoro
 * Indian/Mayotte
 * Africa/Blantyre
 * Africa/Bujumbura
 * Africa/Gaborone
 * Africa/Harare
 * Africa/Kigali
 * Africa/Lubumbashi
 * Africa/Lusaka
 * Africa/Bangui
 * Africa/Brazzaville
 * Africa/Douala
 * Africa/Kinshasa
 * Africa/Libreville
 * Africa/Luanda
 * Africa/Malabo
 * Africa/Niamey
 * Africa/Porto-Novo
 * Africa/Maseru
 * Africa/Mbabane
 * Africa/Juba
 * Europe/Nicosia
 * Asia/Bahrain
 * Asia/Aden
 * Asia/Kuwait
 * Asia/Phnom_Penh
 * Asia/Vientiane
 * Asia/Muscat
 * Antarctica/McMurdo
 * Europe/Jersey
 * Europe/Guernsey
 * Europe/Isle_of_Man
 * Europe/Mariehamn
 * Europe/Busingen
 * Europe/Vatican
 * Europe/San_Marino
 * Europe/Vaduz
 * Arctic/Longyearbyen
 * Europe/Ljubljana
 * Europe/Podgorica
 * Europe/Sarajevo
 * Europe/Skopje
 * Europe/Zagreb
 * Europe/Bratislava
 * Asia/Istanbul
 * Pacific/Johnston
 * America/Aruba
 * America/Lower_Princes
 * America/Kralendijk
 * America/Anguilla
 * America/Dominica
 * America/Grenada
 * America/Guadeloupe
 * America/Marigot
 * America/Montserrat
 * America/St_Barthelemy
 * America/St_Kitts
 * America/St_Lucia
 * America/St_Thomas
 * America/St_Vincent
 * America/Tortola

The change made should mean that further damage by the IANA time-zone database maintainer
will be less noticeable.

Semantic compatible - Yes

Deprecations since 2.7

Bug fixes since 2.7
- Fix MonthDay.plusDays() [#227]
  The algorithm was incorrect when adding enough days to cause the month to change twice.

- Fix DateTime.withDate() DateTime.withTime() [#233]
  The algorithm incorrectly changed the hour of day when certain DST dates were hit.
  The new algorithm avoids an IllegalInstantException when moving to a DST gap.

- Fix Period.parse() [#238]
  Negative periods of a fraction of a second were not parsed correctly.

- Format Etc/GMT time-zone using GMT data [#244]
  This change will provide better text formats for pattern letter 'z'.

- Fix Property.toInterval() [#262]
  The conversion of a field property to an interval did not take the chronology into account.
  Thus, dateTime.hourOfDay().toInterval() previously resulted in an interval in the default
  chronology, rather than the chronology of the dateTime.
  The chronology is now passed to the interval.

Joda-Time uses annotations from Joda-Convert.
In the Java programming language, this dependency is optional, however in Scala it is not.
Scala users must manually add the Joda-Convert v1.2 dependency.

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