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From Lily Wei <lily...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Derby released
Date Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:24:29 GMT
Hi there:

     Rick encourages me to write my experience about being a release manager. 
 Here I go:
Coming from having the concept of release a project is about software package 
did not prepare me in turn of all the aspect involved with release Derby. To 
release Derby, not only one has to pay attention to the code line, but also 
documentation, Derby website and wiki pages. 

     For preparing the release, I am so glad Kathey spent about two hours walked 
through all the steps with me before I started to make the release. The 
discussion was very helpful regarding getting me ready for the release in turn 
of environment, tools, and time frame that each step in details.  The 
information is great on ReleasePrep wiki page. However, having a mentor is also 
important for first time around. Thanks, Kathey.
     As far as doing the code line, paying attention to build each distribution 
and the nature of the distribution on insane is the key. I think 
ReleaseCadidates wiki page did a good job on that. However, for gpg and md5, I 
am using a script to do that the signing and creating .asc and .md5 distribution 
files. I can definitely publish the script for windows environment if anyone 
     During the voting, I did not complete follow the release vetting checklist 
or assigned a dedicated person for that matter. Maybe we should have a wiki page 
as release is created to make checklist publish and assigned so it is easy to 
monitor not only for release manager but also for everyone who is involved. On 
the same page, we can have a discussion for all the outstanding issues so voting 
process decision can be more transparent. 

     After the voting, I was confused about step 3 to create a page for the 
release, build/update site. With Kathey’s help and couple try out myself, I was 
able to figure out in timing matter (2 days).  The hardest part is creating the 
release not and know the special rule about the format. In any case, I am having 
the toughest time on setting my windows environment to deploy maven2. After 3 
days of trying, I could not do it. I had to have Kristian to help me to deploy 
to maven2. Thanks Kristian. I think we should have a special wiki page to set up 
environment to deploy maven2 as Knut mention we did not have on derby-dev list. 
And, more detail instruction on all the steps to deploy maven2. 

     After maven2 is deploy, it is really great to announce the news and 
wrapping up the release. Thanks to all the wonderful Derby people. 

     I sincerely hope my experience as release manager help and like Rick says 
we can improve on the creaky part.

From: Rick Hillegas <rick.hillegas@oracle.com>
To: derby-dev@db.apache.org
Sent: Wed, October 13, 2010 6:57:36 AM
Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Derby released

Yes, thanks for all the hard work, Lily! Your experience as a first-time release 
manager is very interesting to all of us who want to improve this creaky part of 
process. It would be very helpful if you could take a half hour to post a 
message or log some JIRAs about the parts of this process which were 
particularly frustrating.

Thanks again!

Kathey Marsden wrote:
> On 10/12/2010 3:42 PM, Lily Wei wrote:
>> The Apache Derby project is pleased to announce release
> Thank you Lily for shepherding the release and maintaining such an incredibly 
>positive attitude through the many steps! Thanks also to all of those that 
>contributed and tested the release!
> Kathey

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