[OpenLayers-Dev] moving OL to a scheduled release cycle
anselm at gmail.com
Sun Jun 10 12:20:22 EDT 2007
I do observe that the practice of fixed release schedules works well
for OpenBSD. Developers have become trained to the schedule and plan
their own lives and vacation time around that schedule.
On 6/9/07, Christopher Schmidt <crschmidt at metacarta.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 09, 2007 at 09:13:54PM +1000, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> > I'm tentatively supportive for a fixed release cycle.
> > A fixed schedule will make planning to use Mapbuilder easier.
> > I'm tentative because:
> > 1. There is a reasonable overhead associated with a release cycle,
> > (managing issues, testing etc). I'm guessing that Chris is offering to
> > provide labour, so in that case this is not an issue.
> I think it's actually less work if we make a harder cut-off for
> features. Right now, one of the biggest things that gets decided is
> 'when is it done' -- at least for me. This answers that question. Our
> actual release process is relatively simple: just follow a couple steps
> on a command line, and upload the new tarballs to the server. With
> smaller releases, testing is easier because you're breaking fewer
> things. etc. etc.
> > 2. What happens if we go through the release cycle, and find a
> > show-stopper bug just before we are due to release? Do we release with
> > the bug or hold off. I'd suggest we should hold off.
> Absolutely. No regressions or blockers should be going out in releases,
> even if we're behind on schedule. Sometimes things slip. However, with a
> hard feature freeze 6 weeks in and a target release date of two weeks
> later, that should actually give us time to do testing of things --
> heck, we could even make those testing periods testing binges, where
> developers try to write more automated tests. (It's obvious that our
> current testing is not complete enough, because *no* testing is complete
> enough, but it's actually not that bad.)
> It's good to hear tha tyou're positive on this.
> Christopher Schmidt
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