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From "Shapira, Yoav" <Yoav.Shap...@mpi.com>
Subject RE: How close 'till release?
Date Fri, 23 Aug 2002 18:32:41 GMT
Hi,
Very well-written.  I completely agree with Monsieur Hartung.

Yoav Shapira
Millennium ChemInformatics


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Will Hartung [mailto:willh@msoft.com]
>Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 2:44 PM
>To: Tomcat Users List
>Subject: Re: How close 'till release?
>
>From: "Milt Epstein" <mepstein@uiuc.edu>
>Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 10:11 AM
>
>
>> 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.
>
>It's all a matter of expectations. I find that most people want the
system
>to work and aren't really caught up on release numbers and labels.
>
>Now, through probably painful experience, people have lower
expectations of
>1.0 code, "Beta" code, etc. They pretty much expect it to fail in some,
>perhaps critical, way. They may use the label as an indicator whether
the
>code is worth testing.
>
>But the real problem is not necessarily whether its Beta or Release
>quality,
>it is the testing facilities available to the consumers.
>
>If you had a deployed application and a solid, thorough feature and
load
>test suite of your application, then it shouldn't matter what the back
end
>code is labeled. If your test is complete and robust enough and thus
>confirms that your application will behave as designed, then Release or
>Beta
>are irrelevant.
>
>The dark side of this is that folks will say "Well, gee I don't have to
>'test' release code, it's already tested!".
>
>To wit everybody falls over on the floor in hysterics.
>
>The acceptance process for the software should be the same whether Beta
or
>Release. No matter how thorough the testing by the folks developing the
>application, no doubt they have NOT tested their software on YOUR
>application with YOUR load conditions on YOUR hardware.
>
>And it should go without saying that this applies to any major
>infrstructure
>component in your application, not just Tomcat. Don't just blindly
upgrade
>your system to Solaris 9, Oracle 9i and new Firewall software and then
>throw
>the application live because it's all "release quality" software.
>
>There are disclaimers in those licenses for a reason. Caveat Emptor and
all
>that.
>
>Regards,
>
>Will Hartung
>(willh@msoft.com)
>
>
>
>
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