Hello all,

Two weeks have slid by once more, and today we mark, ostensibly, the
feature freeze for Evergreen 3.3.  Any new features not committed by the
end of the day will need to wait for the 3.4 release in the fall.  Once
again, here are the feature branches under consideration:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/evergreen/+bugs?&field.status%3Alist=NEW&field.status%3Alist=CONFIRMED&field.status%3Alist=TRIAGED&field.status%3Alist=INPROGRESS&field.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITH_RESPONSE&field.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITHOUT_RESPONSE&field.importance%3Alist=WISHLIST&assignee_option=none&field.milestone%3Alist=86802&search=Search&orderby=title&start=0


As careful observers will note, we still have one week after today before
the 3.3 beta.  However, this exists not as a time to continue adding
features, but as a time to make corrections for obvious issues which crop
up due to feature freeze activity.  The cutoff for new features has
historically encouraged a mad dash of activity, and this scheduling gap
exists not as an excuse to postpone such dashings, but to remedy the
problems it brings.  So I gladly encourage those so inclined to dash as
madly as ever, but understand that it ends tonight!

Now, that said, if a branch is in an obvious state of active review and
revision, yet doesn't make the cutoff, please let me know and we can
probably work it in.  I intend to start doing internal building and testing
starting tomorrow morning, and will not be terribly keen on straggling code
walking in unannounced.  Thank you for your diligence and understanding.

Sincerely,
Dan


On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 12:40 PM Daniel Wells <dbwe...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dearest fellow Evergreeners,
>
> After several months of quiet contemplation and tireless toiling by many
> members of the Evergreen community, it is past time for a brief message
> from me, your minimalist 3.3 release manager.
>
> First, as we enter this final trimester of the release process, it seems
> worth revisiting the originally proposed timeline:
>
> 2/20/19 - Feature freeze
> 2/27/19 - Beta release
> 3/20/19 - Release Candidate
> 3/27/19 - Final release
>
> Accordingly, we are now exactly two weeks away from our intended feature
> freeze date.  Please recall, however, that there is now a one week buffer
> between feature cutoff and the actual beta release, so if we reach the
> evening of 2/19, and a few extra days would make or break your feature,
> please do not hesitate to speak up.
>
> I've spent a few hours over the last several days looking over everything
> targeted at 3.3 in LaunchPad and trying to get a sense of where we stand.
> As of this moment, there are exactly 99 uncommitted tickets for 3.3.  I
> initially thought, "surely some of these do not have pullrequests," and
> while that proved to be true for 8 or 9 entries, inspection showed them all
> to be close enough to deserve their targets.  So, let's just say the 3.3
> release has great potential!
>
> Looking forward, and given the nearness of feature freeze, I want to
> encourage everyone to focus their energy for the next two weeks on our
> "Wishlist" tickets, as these are in the most present danger of being left
> behind.  As of this writing, there are 25 unclaimed Wishlist tickets hoping
> for inclusion in 3.3:
>
>
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/evergreen/+bugs?&field.status%3Alist=NEW&field.status%3Alist=CONFIRMED&field.status%3Alist=TRIAGED&field.status%3Alist=INPROGRESS&field.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITH_RESPONSE&field.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITHOUT_RESPONSE&field.importance%3Alist=WISHLIST&assignee_option=none&field.milestone%3Alist=86802&search=Search&orderby=title&start=0
>
> While the other 74 bugs for 3.3 are certainly welcome at any time, we will
> have exactly one month between feature freeze and RC to devote to the likes
> of these.  It is worth noting, however, that a good number of those 74 are
> officially "Undecided" in importance.  I did a pass through them all to
> pull out any which seemed like feature requests, but if you feel I missed
> something, please target accordingly.
>
> Finally, in looking over things already committed for 3.3, I am struck by
> a fair number of branches which are not flashy new features, but which
> nonetheless are necessary endeavors to keep Evergreen humming along.  I'd
> like to end this email with a special salute to those among us giving their
> time and attention to things like Ubuntu and PostgreSQL version changes,
> making sure it is something most of us never need to think much about.
> Thank you!  If you are not one who generally watches LaunchPad closely, it
> may be worth a few moments to peruse some of the committed 3.3 tickets to
> see these folks at work:
> https://launchpad.net/evergreen/+milestone/3.3-beta1
>
> Sincerely,
> Dan
>

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