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From Apache Wiki <wikidi...@apache.org>
Subject [Hadoop Wiki] Update of "ZooKeeper/Roadmap" by PatrickHunt
Date Wed, 23 Jul 2008 04:20:17 GMT
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The following page has been changed by PatrickHunt:
http://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/ZooKeeper/Roadmap

New page:
= ZooKeeper Roadmap =

This page describes ZooKeeper's release policies.

Release planning is primarily coordinated through [http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ZOOKEEPER
ZooKeeper's JIRA database].  Use the "Roadmap" tab to see specific plans for upcoming releases.

== Release Numbering ==

ZooKeeper release numbers are of the form ''major''.''minor''.''point''.

=== Major Releases ===

Major releases signify incompatible API changes.  Upgrading between major releases will generally
require changes to user code.  We try to facillitate API upgrades by introducing new APIs
in the prior major version, deprecating APIs that will be removed.  A major release primarily
just removes APIs that were deprecated in the prior major release.  Thus, to upgrade to a
new major release, one should update ones code so that it compiles without deprecation warnings
in the final minor release of the prior major cycle.

Major releases are made as needed, perhaps annually.

=== Minor Releases ===

Minor releases are made regularly, every few months.  Their APIs are back-compatible with
prior minor releases, but might include new features, improvements and bug fixes.

=== Point Releases ===

Point releases are made to fix critical bugs.  They do not introduce new features or make
other improvements other than fixing bugs.  They are made on-demand.

''Note: The above rules do not apply until the 1.0 release.  Prior to 1.0, minor releases
follow the rules for major releases, except they are still made every few months.''

== Release Process ==

For major and minor releases, a branch date is selected for the release.  The proposed branch
date is set as the release date Jira.  The release date in Jira is then updated to the expected
date that the release will be available.

On the branch date, a branch is created for the minor release cycle.  After this, only patches
for issues rated "blocker" are applied to the branch.  No new features or other improvements
are added to branches.  All new features must be added to trunk prior to the branch date.

For more details on how releases are created, see [:ZooKeeper/HowToRelease: HowToRelease].

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