[wp-hackers] WordPress 3
Eduardo Gutierrez de Oliveira
eduo at mac.com
Thu May 17 19:28:19 GMT 2007
On May 17, 2007, at 8:41 PM, Matt wrote:
> In my opinion, jumping version numbers is uncalled for; unless a total
> rewrite is done (or a significant part). For some reason it is done
> by many
> programs, for no reason. Versioning should always go in order. Eg.
> I think that this should only be done if WP is going to be
> different. Eg. Making it faster, better DB structure, new bundled
> possibly more bundled plugins (WordPress.Com Stats plugin), changes
> to the
> Admin panel, etc.
I have never liked the idea that there are ten subversions in a
version. This also flies against all practical evidence. I think the
problem is probably thinking of subversions as decimals. 2.10 and
2.27 are valid version numbers.
What triggers a full version change is not that we've reached .9
before, but, traditionally, that there are fundamental changes, both
visible and architecturally, that mean we're dealing with a new
program, not a minor evolution but one with substantial differences
to the previous one.
A good example would be Gallery. I think the only thing they kept
from version 1.x to 2.x was some logo files. Everything else was re-
architected to a degree that there are effectively two branches now.
1.x still gets updates while the main focus is 2.x.
If you're talking money then 2.9 is followed by 3 (or, rather, 2.99
by 3). If you're talking versioning, you keep pumping out sub-
versions while you keep fixing the program (2.x.x). New features are
marked by minor version revisions (2.x) and major features and
changes are marked by major versiones (X.0)
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