A kit is the basic unit of modularity in the Sedona Framework:

Because kits define the top of the global namespace, each must have a globally unique name. The Sedona Framework requires kits to be prefixed with the vendor's name. See Vendors for the rules regarding vendor and kit naming.


Version numbers are specified as a sequence of decimal numbers separated by the dot character. Convention is to use a four part version of[.patch].

The sedona.util.Version class provides a Java API for working with versions and doing comparisons.

When a kit is compiled, sedonac uses the following rules to determine the version of the kit (from highest priority to lowest):

  1. If the -kitVersion switch appears on the command line, then that version is used
  2. If the version attribute in "kit.xml" explicitly defines a version, then that version is used
  3. Fallback is to use the "buildVersion" definition in "lib/"

If the version is not specified in any of the above ways, a compile error occurs.


Dependencies identify a kit by name with a set of version constraints. Dependencies are used whenever the Sedona Framework tools need to resolve a specific kit version:

The sedona.Depend class provides a Java API for parsing and comparing dependencies:

 depend        := name space* constraints
 constraints   := constraint [space* "," space* constraint]*
 constraint    := versionSimple | versionPlus | versionExact | versionRange | checksum
 versionSimple := version
 versionPlus   := version space* "+"
 versionExact  := version space* "="
 versionRange  := version space* "-" space* version
 version       := digit ["." digit]*
 checksum      := "0x" 8 hex digits
 digit         := "0" - "9"

Note that a simple version constraint such as foo 1.2 really means 1.2.* - it will match all build numbers and patch numbers within 1.2. Likewise foo 1.2.64 will match all patch numbers within the 1.2.64 build. The + plus sign is used to specify a given version and anything greater. The = equals sign is used to specify an exact version match. Hence, foo 1.2.64= would match 1.2.64 but not 1.2, or The - dash is used to specify an inclusive range. When using a range, then end version is matched using the same rules as a simple version. For example, not only 1.8, 2.0.4, and, but also 4, 4.2, and 4.0.99 are all matches for foo 1.2-4.

You may also specify a list of constraints separated by commas. Multiple version dependencies are evaluated using a logical OR, i.e. any match is considered an overall match. A version constraint and a checksum constraint are evaluated using a logical AND, i.e. both must match.


"foo 1.2"                Any version of foo 1.2 with any build or patch number
"foo 1.2.64"             Any version of foo 1.2.64 with any patch number
"foo 0+"                 Any version of foo - version wildcard
"foo 1.2+"               Any version of foo 1.2 or greater
"foo 1.2.64="            Only foo version 1.2.64
"foo 1.2.64=,0xaabbccdd" Only foo version 1.2.64 with checksum 0xaabbccdd
"foo 1.2-1.4"            Any version between 1.2 and 1.4 inclusive
"foo 1.2,1.4"            Any version of 1.2 or 1.4
"foo 0x1b02d4fc"         Any version of foo with a checksum of 0x1b02d4fc
"foo 1.0, 0x1b02d4fc"    Any version of foo 1.0 and a checksum of 0x1b02d4fc


To avoid naming collisions, kits must be prepended by a vendor name. The vendor name is an alphanumeric text string and must be less than 32 characters. It is normally capitalized.

Examples of valid vendor names:


Your kit names must be prepended with your vendor name. Kit names are alphanumeric and may contain the underscore ('_') character after the vendor prefix. The vendor name is treated as case-insensitive when it is verified, so a kit prefix need not have the same capitalization as the vendor name.

All these are valid kit names for a kit owned by the Acme vendor:


The prefix will also be checked against the vendor name specified in the kit manifest (again ignoring case); this will be handled at compile time by sedonac when it generates your kit manifest.

   description="Basic function block library"

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