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From "Myrna van Lunteren (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-2570) Create a utility which generates Release Notes
Date Tue, 29 May 2007 16:42:15 GMT

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Myrna van Lunteren commented on DERBY-2570:
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re comment A. You're right, if we wrap JiraConnector into
ReleaseNotesGenerator, we'd get rid of an extra step. I'll see if I
can do that later this week, but I'm battling something else right
now...

re comment B. The problem I had was that I couldn't figure out how to
do 'or' in the queries. Probably something simple, but...So hence the
elaborate checking of types.

I don't quite know what to do about 10.2.1.6. The current practice of
marking things fixed in a hypothetical next release is proving
troublesome, the result being that we now have things fixed in
10.2.1.6 and 10.3, but not 10.2.2.0., which is what we're checking for
as being the last previous release...
Maybe we should add some logic for optional multiple older releases to
ignore into the generator.

Myrna


> 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: 10.3.0.0
>            Reporter: Rick Hillegas
>            Assignee: Rick Hillegas
>         Attachments: derby-2570-v01.diff, DERBY-2570_20070525.diff, releaseNote.html,
releaseNote.html, releaseSummaryTemplate.xml
>
>
> 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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