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Re^5: Will Perl 6 Replace Perl 5?

by phaylon (Curate)
on Sep 22, 2010 at 18:18 UTC ( #861332=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: Will Perl 6 Replace Perl 5?
in thread Will Perl 6 Replace Perl 5?

I used 6.0.0 as an example. Nobody cares about the actual numbers, but about the intentions of the developers behind them. If version numbers were unimportant, we wouldn't need major and minor version releases, or mark RC's as such.

Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley

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Re^6: Will Perl 6 Replace Perl 5?
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Sep 22, 2010 at 20:13 UTC
    If version numbers were unimportant....

    If version numbers were sufficient, we wouldn't label releases with "No upgrade concerns", "Source but not binary compatible", "Security fixes only", or "Don't use; only test and report any upgrade concerns, incompatibilities, build problems, or packaging woes. We also wouldn't have to explain what version numbers mean.

      That's the part of the message you picked out?

      Don't you feel concentrating on the floating point value part of people's question is a good explanation why some are frustrated?

      Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley

        How many times can I explain the intentions of the developers? We release a new version of our software every month. It gets better every month. When it passes the complete specification test suite, we'll say so. We can't tell you if it meets your needs because we don't know the specifics of your needs.

        Quibbling over whether it's "done" or "stable" or "alpha" or "complete" or "vaporware" or "useful" is silly.

        Specific questions get specific answers (but specific questions about "What does your version number mean?" get the specific answer "The larger the number, the more recent the release.")

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