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Jim Fulton wrote:
> Tres Seaver wrote:
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>> Jim Fulton wrote:
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>>> Chris McDonough wrote:
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>>>
>>>> On Fri, 2005-06-17 at 10:12 -0400, Jim Fulton wrote:
>>>>
>>>
>>> ...
>>>
>>>
>>>> We have historically always had the opportunity to introduce features
>>>> that preserve 100% b/c (like filestream iterators) in point releases.
>>>> This has worked pretty well for the last few years.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I wasn't aware of this and I don't think it's a good policy.
>>>
>>> Feature releases should be backward compatible. Bug-fix
>>> releases should be for bug fixes.
>>
>>
>>
>> Agreed, in theory.  In practice, the usual handwave has been to construe
>> the absence of the feature as a bug (with greater or lesser
>> justification).
>>
>>  Perhaps we can be more hard-nosed about a "no new features in third-dot
>> releases" policy *after* we get a timeboxed release process in place?  I
>> have some recollection that a hard-nosed application of such a policy in
>> ZODB land contributed to the creation of the "dead-end" 3.3 release
>> line, never incorporated in any released Zope2 / Zope3 version.
> 
> 
> Which is just fine IMO.

Such an outcome might be "acceptable", but could hardly be called
"desirable."

I'll note that a *big* pile of potentially useful ZODB features were
pretty much inaccessible to the Zope2 community from the date of the
first 3.3a1 release, nearly two years ago[1], until the release of Zope
2.8 last month.  This timespan, eerily enough, coincides almost exactly
with the  life of the Zope 2.7 release cycle[2].

I know how and why the loss happened (I helped *make* it happen, I'm
afraid), but I don't want it to happen again.  Moving to time-based
releases should help with the problem, but we aren't there yet, and
won't be for a year (a successful delivery in December could be a fluke).


[1] \
http://www.zope.org/Products/ZODB3.3/NEWS.html#what-s-new-in-zodb3-3-3-alpha-1

[2] http://www.zope.org/Products/Zope/2.7.6/CHANGES.txt


Tres.
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