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From "Rick Hillegas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-2570) Create a utility which generates Release Notes
Date Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:28:15 GMT

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Rick Hillegas commented on DERBY-2570:

> 1) By editting a JIRA's one line summary, you affect the JIRA's summary as it appears
in the pamphlet.

I want to make sure that we're not talking past one another here. What the above comment refers
to are the 1-line summaries which appear in RELEASE_NOTES.html in the section titled "Bug

The particular example you cite (DERBY-1384) is not a 1-line summary. Instead, it appears
in 10.2's RELEASE_NOTES.html in the Issues section, with its own expanded ItemNote. Fine-tuning
this ItemNote would be covered by:

> 2) By editting a JIRA's releaseNote.html, you affect what goes into the section on "Behavior
Changes from Previous Releases".

For these issues, I'm thinking that we wouldn't include the 1-line summary from the JIRA.
Instead, the summary would be what appears in the ItemNote's "Summary of Change" section.

Are you saying that we should not attach separate releaseNote.html files to affected JIRAs
and should, instead, collect all the ItemNotes in a master file for the release? I can see
some appeal in this--it certainly would simplify the process of generating the pamphlet. However,
it would make it harder to track whether an ItemNote has actually been written for a JIRA
which has been marked "Release Note Needed".

> Create a utility which generates Release Notes
> ----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-2570
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-2570
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Build tools
>    Affects Versions:
>            Reporter: Rick Hillegas
>         Attachments: releaseNote.html, releaseNote.html
> This proposal summarizes an off-list conversation among Myrna van Lunteren, Bernt Johnsen,
Andrew McIntyre, and myself.
> Currently, there is a template for release notes in the top level directory of the code
tree. Actually filling in this template is a time-consuming, error-prone process. We would
like to automate this process as much as possible. We believe it ought to be possible to generate
the Release Notes given the following inputs:
> 1) A high-level description of the release. The Release Manager would write this description,
based on a template.
> 2) An xml report produced by a JIRA filter. The filter would list all of the JIRAs addressed
by the release.
> In order for this to work, we would need for the community to agree on conventions for
the release notes which are attached to JIRAs, viz.,  the JIRAs whose "Release Note Needed"
toggles are turned on. These JIRA-specific notes become items in the Issues section of the
final Release Notes. Each of these items calls the reader's attention to a significant topic
involving Derby's behavior, that behavior's compatibility with previous releases, and adjustments
which the user may need to make to her applications.
> The following approach makes sense to us:
> A) The community will agree on an html template for these notes.
> B) The note-writer will fill in this template and attach it to the JIRA using a canonical
file name, say "releaseNote.html".
> C) Various iterations of the note may be needed.
> D) The utility for generating Release Notes will grab the latest rev of "releaseNote.html"
attached to the JIRA.
> This effort involves at least two major steps:
> I) Getting the community to agree to these note-writing conventions.
> II) Writing the Release Note generator.

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