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From "Rick Hillegas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-6190) Remove unused alpha versioning code
Date Mon, 20 May 2013 12:33:16 GMT

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Rick Hillegas commented on DERBY-6190:
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Thanks, Dag. Or we could dispense with both the "alpha" and "beta" terms. For me, the words
"alpha" and "beta" refer to milestones in the testing of a program. The snapshots are more
raw than alpha-tested code. Snapshots haven't even been integration-tested and might not even
have been unit-tested. If we are going to change the terminology, then I'd prefer that we
settle on a word which captures the experimental, buggy nature of snapshots. Note the following
lifecycle:

o During development, we add new features to the trunk. All distributions cut from the trunk
are raw and experimental.

o Shortly after creating a release branch, the release manager turns off the alpha/beta/snapshot
bit. Every distribution cut from a release branch is a release candidate.

I agree that "snapshot" is the wrong word too. In the Apache world, a snapshot could just
be a release candidate which the community has barely vetted. Maybe the right distinction
is "production" vs "development" or "production" vs "experimental". Any release candidate
cut from a release branch can boot a production database. A distribution cut from the trunk
can't: it's experimental code which is fit only for development use.

Thanks,
-Rick
                
> Remove unused alpha versioning code
> -----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-6190
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-6190
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Network Client, Services
>            Reporter: Dag H. Wanvik
>
> I believe we no longer use the alpha versioning code, only the beta one. I suggest removing
the unused alpha versioning code.

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