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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Re: Changing rev to _rev in view results (Was: Re: newbie question #1)
Date Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:17:36 GMT

On 29/12/2008, at 9:18 PM, Noah Slater wrote:

> I understand the concepts about being able to break backwards  
> incompatibility
> before the legendary 1.0 release of a free software project, but  
> categorically
> denying there is nothing to consider is wildly misleading!

I think a 1.0 release is not especially significant to free software  
projects compared to non-free projects.

Even with commercial software and internal releases there are issues  
related to change management and consequent costs of compatibility  
breaking, so I don't think there's nothing to consider, but  
Christopher was commenting about 'substantial client code out there',  
which to me sounds like an argument I believe is only significant for  
'released' versions. Without some distinction between 'released' and  
'no-guarantees-work-in-progress', you can't experiment with changes.

Surely 1.0 means something - I assert that there are very strong  
expectations about backwards compatibility within major point  
releases, and the pre/post-1.0 transition is very significant in that  

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

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