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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject [general] proposal : starting a release train
Date Wed, 07 Mar 2007 16:56:20 GMT
This is a new thread, building on the thread that Mikhail started, to  
get away from some of the shoals we encountered.

I'd like to propose we start a formal release schedule :

  *  Monthly releases, targeted for the last day of each
     month. (IOW, avoid the April 1 release)

  *  For some set of platforms that we support

  *  Regression free (if we support an app or feature in release X,
     we support it in X+1 unless we agree in a vote to

A lot of good things will come from starting down this road :

1) We can start putting together the process to decide on "code  
freeze", building and testing, etc.

2) This will allow us to do JIRA triage that is meaningful - we can  
pre-set the releases in JIRA, and bucket the JIRAs into the release  

3) We can chart out what we want to do in Wiki (and then harvest for  
the site) what we hope to accomplish in each release.  Up to now, the  
roadmap was very high-level, and for the most part, we've been  
amazingly good at following it (especially considering it was a SWAG  
done in response to a question I got on a concall once...)  I would  
love to see us chart out the remainder of the API, some sense of VM  
feature (like "switch to GCv5"), and a set of apps we plan to have  

An important element to this will be naming.  I think that as we're  
just figuring this out, we should avoid date-oriented names (like  
"March", "April"...) so we can shift the schedule as need be.  While  
I like the "M1, M2, M3" scheme,  I personally utterly detest the "1.0- 
M1" approach, as it ties your hands horribly.  I think that we should  
avoid prefixing a version number for now, and use version numbers  
when we get the JCK and can plan out a 0.5, 0.6, 0.7... to 1.0 train

So it could be

  Apache Harmony Pre M1
  Apache Harmony Pre M2
  Apache Harmony Pre M3

for now.   This is really common and banal.  Boring....

We're building on the shoulders of giants here, and I think it would  
be nice to honor those that came before us.  Here's a list of great  
people in the history of Java who I'd love to honor, as many are my  
heros :

1) "Hamilton" (Graham, The Enforcer)
2) "Bloch" (Josh, API hero)
3) "Gafter" (Neil, API hero)
4) "Bracha" (Gilad, VM hero)
5) "Click" (Cliff Click, hotspot hero)
6) "Gingel" (Rob, Chief Engineer, and guy who grokked OSS)
7) "Detlefs" (David, GC hero)
8) "Lindholm" (Tim, VM spec guy)
9) "Yellin" (Frank, VM spec guy)

Thoughts?  Comments?  Flames?


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