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From Joe Bowser <bows...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: 3.0.0 as a beta release?
Date Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:58:30 GMT
On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM, Andrew Grieve <agrieve@chromium.org> wrote:
> As I'm going through all of the polish details, reading through the upgrade
> guides, and thinking about API-type things that we'd still like to change,
> I'm wondering if it would be wise to message 3.0 as an "early-adopter" or
> "beta" release.

We have messaging? I don't think anyone trusts a .0 release ever.
Seriously, can you name a .0 release that actually was super polished?

> The "beta" / "early adopter" label would mean:
> - No 3.0 "final", we can just go with calling "3.1" stable

There should still be a 3.0 final, IMO

> - User expectations will be that CLI may have bugs or rough edges (e.g.
> when you remove a platform, any modifications you make will be deleted)
> (e.g. I don't think there's a way to "plugin ls" that shows the @src of
> your plugins - URL+hash+subdir) (e.g. There is no way yet for apps to
> depend on plugins by adding them to your config.xml & typing "cordova
> plugin sync")
>
>
> Usually major releases come with the expectation that they are better &
> more solid & worthy of attention. I feel like 3.0 will be more of an alpha
> in terms of quality / stability of code changing.
>

Anyone who expects a major release to be solid is fooling themselves.
I'm going to pick on Android, because it's easy to do so.  Android 1.0
had a huge series of hilarious bugs, Android 2.0 was so bad that 2.1
had to be rushed out.  3.0 was so half-baked that it was tablet-only,
and 4.0 (ICS) still had numerous issues that weren't fully ironed out
until Jellybean (4.1).

I will save my comments about this release until after it's out, but I
do think that we should release 3.0 as a regular release like we
release anything else.  As far as the platform code is concerned, it's
just as solid, it's the CLI that's still an alpha that needs work.

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