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From Shazron <>
Subject Re: Releasing Platforms Independently
Date Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:02:09 GMT
+1. especially for moving testing away from the mobile-spec monolith.

Recently I discovered a bug caused some pain for
users. Since it was all tested in mobile-spec and
it wasn't tested individually, it could not have been discovered (new Media
plugin has a new dependency on File -- when installed in mob-spec, all
plugins are installed). Having separate tests running in isolation would
have better discovered this.

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM, Andrew Grieve <> wrote:

> I think it would be beneficial if we could release updates to platforms
> independent from others. Why?
> - Far easier to do one-off platform releases (e.g. quick turn-around on a
> security update, quick turn around on iOS is broken on the latest Xcode)
> - Platforms can release on their own schedule (big new features will get
> released sooner)
> This doesn't come without bumps though. I'd like to use this thread to
> explore the idea and to enumerate what would have to change to get there.
> Here are some things I can think of:
> Cordova-docs:
> - We have a version drop-down in the top-right corner.
> - I think this would mean getting rid of the version drop down (or rather,
> not adding new entries to it).
> - Always have people pointed at "edge"
> - For things that refer to specific versions, put them inline
>   - E.g. like we do for upgrade guides
> - When a new API is introduced & is documented, we'll have to be better at
> annotating what version it showed up in.
> Blog posts:
> - We currently do one release announcement for all the platforms.
> - I think it'll actually be a good thing to have shorter & more focused
> release announcements (one post per platform)
> Mobile-spec:
> - This is on the way out anyway I think, with moving tests into plugins.
> - Even so, not a big deal to not have this strictly versioned.
> cordova-js:
>  - Platforms will have cordova-js cut at different times.
>    - I don't think this is a good or a bad thing.
>  - JS versioning stamped at the top of the file:
>    - Change to have both platform version as well as JS version available
> at runtime.
>    - JS version will just be a "git describe"
> CLI versioning:
>   - It won't make sense to version it as CadVer-SemVer anymore
>     - This essentially kills off the idea of CadVer.
>   - That scheme wasn't working well anyways since you can't actually depend
> on the SemVer part of it in a SemVer way (you can't say
> dependency=">x.x.x-0.2")
>   - CadVer-SemVer, I think, is causing people to not update their tools if
> they aren't ready to update their platforms.
>   - With this change, we should just have CLI be SemVer only.
>   - If we move platforms to NPM, we wouldn't even need to push CLI updates
> with platforms.
> Anything else? Please feel free to add inline here on things I've missed
> out, or on things you'd be concerned about changing.

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