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From "Durham David Cntr 805CSS/SCBE" <David.Durh...@scott.af.mil>
Subject RE: How close 'till release?
Date Fri, 23 Aug 2002 17:22:37 GMT


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Milt Epstein [mailto:mepstein@uiuc.edu]
> 
> 
> On Fri, 23 Aug 2002, Craig R. McClanahan wrote:
> 
> > On Fri, 23 Aug 2002, Wills, Mike N. (TC) wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > > I won't install 4.1 on our production
> > > system until it has gone to release.
> >
> > I know lots of IT folks who follow this policy, but I have to smile
> > when people say it.  Given the above release policy, think about
> > what you'd be doing if 4.1.9 had been voted as "release" quality
> > instead of "beta" quality.  You'd have installed it, right?  And it
> > would have been *exactly* the same code ...
> 
> Yeah, but the vote of "release" vs. "beta" is not arbitrary -- it
> reflects the quality of the code.  I'd hope people don't vote based on
> getting people to use the code, rather than on their perception of the
> quality of the code.
> 
> 
> > The best way for Tomcat *users* to help get Tomcat 4.1 to general
> > release state is trying it on your real apps, and reporting bugs so
> > we can swat them.
> 
> Again, it's a bit of a circular/chicken-egg problem.
> 
> I mean, I understand (and sympathize with what you're saying), but I
> also understand the position of those who want to wait until there's
> "release"-quality code available.  I mean, what will the typical
> manager say after the production system breaks down and you tell them
> that you went with "beta"-quality code instead of "release"-quality
> code.

I guess the manager's not going to be happy.  Would he/she be less pissed if you say the system
broke down because of "release quality" code?



> 
> Milt Epstein
> Research Programmer
> Systems and Technology Services (STS)
> Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES)
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
> mepstein@uiuc.edu
> 
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