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RE: Branching strategy - Feature vs Release

From: Gundersen, Richard <Richard.Gundersen_at_london-scottish.com>
Date: 2006-11-13 15:05:46 CET

> The big benefit of keeping X and Y on their own branches, is when you
> want to release X but NOT Y (maybe Y isn’t finished yet, or Y can only
> be released on a certain date for some legal requirement or other
> constraint).

I don't see how that's an advantage for developing on
branches as compared to developing on the trunk and branching
X near it's release with a later branch for Y.

>>>> Why should you have to wait until X is finished and branched, ready for its release, before you start development on Y? You might want to start development for both X and Y at the same time.

> Yes, I like to assume that I have multiple customers. This doesn’t
> mean multiple running versions though. In most large systems I have
> worked on, there are different groups of users. Perhaps they are in
> different countries, and therefore have different laws. Or, different
> divisions with differing requirements. But they all use the SAME
> system. (The alternative would be to give them all their own copies of
> the system, but I wouldn’t like to maintain that!)

Depending on the nature of the system, you'll likely eventually
run into a situation where one or more customers can't or
won't upgrade at the same time as the others and then
find a bug you have to fix in their older version. If you
branched for the release, you already have a place to do
this work.

>>>>>>> I think I underand now. Are you talking about software that's going to get shipped out to customers? I'm talking from the point of view of a web-based system, where they all access the same instance of system. My changes are all on a branch too. The change only gets released when its ready, so while it's on the branch I can mess around with it as much as I want. Customers will not refuse to use the system, because the trunk only ever contains code that has been accepted by the customer. Sorry, I should have stated that originally.

  Les Mikesell
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