We're using a popular Gradle plugin "gradle-git" ( from Andrew Oberstar ) to implement Semantic Versioning with Continuous Deployment. There's a strategy supported by gradle-git that defines a "dev" stage when we have something uncommitted on a developer branch, which is very useful. Some examples to demonstrate the "dev" scenario can be found here: https://github.com/ajoberstar/gradle-git/wiki/Release%20Plugins#how-do-i-use-the-opinion-plugin
However, current version of org.apache.maven.artifact.versioning.ComparableVersion does not support "dev" stage since there's no item "dev" in the field _QUALIFIERS of nested class StringItem. And since this is a private static final field, it is not able to be overwritten by inheritance. Can we add the "dev" item into _QUALIFIERS ?