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Re: 0.35 => Beta => 1.0 schedule

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2003-12-04 20:55:54 CET

Greg Hudson wrote:

> Nothing's going to be perfect, but I don't consider it acceptable to
> have a version number like "1.1.6" and the user is just supposed to know
> that that's not a real, stable release because the middle number is odd.

Except that the user is never presented with "1.1.6" in a vacuum. If the web
site clearly states that "1.0.4" is the current stable release and "1.1.6" is
the current developer release, that isn't going to be confusing at all. Even
better is if the web site has two tracks, so that "Downloads" leads to only the
stable releases and "Developers" leads to a page with the dev releases.

Speaking from personal experience (certainly with Perl), the notion that
even==stable and odd==dev is rarely discussed except in the footnotes. Good UI
design on the web site means that the stable release is obvious (regardless of
it's version number) and that only people interested in the development releases
will bother to look around for them.


John Peacock
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