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From Tim Ellison <t.p.elli...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [DRLVM] General stability
Date Tue, 07 Nov 2006 21:39:41 GMT
I wouldn't go so far as to label issues as "won't fix" unless they are
really high risk and low value items.

It's useful to go through a stabilization period where the focus is on
getting the code solid again and delaying significant new functionality
until it is achieved.  A plan that aims to deliver stable milestones on
regular periods is, in my experience, a good way to focus the
development effort.


Weldon Washburn wrote:
> Folks,
> I have spent the last two months committing patches to the VM.  While we
> have added a ton of much needed functionality, the stability of the system
> has been ignored.  By chance, I looked at thread synchronization design
> problems this week.  Its very apparent that  we lack the regression testing
> to really find threading bugs, test the fixes and test against regression.
> No doubt there are similar problems in other VM subsystems.   "build test"
> is necessary but not sufficient for where we need to go.  In a sense,
> committing code with only "build test" to prevent regression is the
> equivalent to flying in the fog without instrumentation.
> So that we can get engineers focused on stability, I am thinking of coding
> the JIRAs that involve new features as "later" or even "won't fix".  Please
> feel free to comment.
> We also need to restart the old email threads on regression tests.  For
> example, we need some sort of automated test script that runs Eclipse and
> tomcat, etc. in a deterministic fashion so that we can compare test
> results.  It does not have to be perfect for starts, just repeatable and
> easy to use.  Feel free to beat me to starting these threads :)


Tim Ellison (t.p.ellison@gmail.com)
IBM Java technology centre, UK.

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