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From Alex Karasulu <akaras...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] [Release Scheme] Contract/Policy with users for releases
Date Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:51:41 GMT
On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Alex Karasulu <akarasulu@apache.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Let's start off with basics by discussing what our contracts are WRT API's,
> and releases with our users. We can throw out the past focusing on the
> future to save time since 2.0 will effectively be a new era.
>
> This 2.0 release I'm gathering is the first stable, serious, enterprise
> ready major release of ApacheDS. 1.0 was kind of a toy considering all it's
> faults and shortcomings so the two situations are not completely the same.
>
> We have to select a release scheme. Based on the scheme we select, we have
> to adhere to the rules of that scheme. This is like picking what our
> contract with users of the server will be for release compatibility.
>
> So when considering compatibility we have to consider several things
> besides just APIs and SPIs:
>
>   o Database Format
>   o Schema
>   o Replication Mechanism
>   o Configuration
>   o API Compatibility
>   o Plugins - We have pseudo plugins like Partitions, Interceptors and
> Handlers that users can alter which involve SPIs.
>
> So based the scheme we select we have to define policies for these
> interfaces. I am calling anything that is exposed to the users as interfaces
> like DB format for example. We have the following choices for schemes:
>
> 1. Milestone Scheme (Eclipse)
> 2. Traditional major.minor.micro Scheme
> 3. maj.min.mic with Odd Numbered Versions for Development Releases (Old
> Linux Kernel)
> 4. Modern Linux Versioning Scheme
>
> Se let's start off talking about which scheme we like best and why along
> with pros and cons taking into account realistically how we work.
>

There are many more schemes out there to choose from. Feel free to add to
this list below.

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