[Padre-dev] Releasing regular 'developer' releases.

Chris Marshall devel.chm.01 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 26 10:01:03 PDT 2011

For PDL CPAN Developers releases, we have directions for using
cpan to install and warnings at the top of the release notes.  Then
they appear on any CPAN searches and can be sent out on mailing
lists for announcements.


On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM, Gabor Szabo <szabgab at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM, Peter Lavender
> <plaven at internode.on.net> wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> I caught mention of doing developer releases for Padre:
>> http://irclog.perlgeek.de/padre/2011-09-21#i_4458775
>> I know Ahmad uses this a lot, we saw it plenty with the Wx::Scintilla
>> development process.
>> What do people think of doing this with Padre itself?
>> I'm happy to do this, but I do have a concern or two about the perception of
>> Padre itself, the main one being, do we risk damaging its profile if a
>> number of releases hit CPAN that aren't so stable, or cause people a lot of
>> pain.
>> Many of the big changes we wait on before a release generally come down to
>> which API is being worked on and how long it takes to get it back to stable
>> enough for a release.
>> I can see why currently doing a developer release or two does make it simple
>> enough for people to install from CPAN, but then for most developers it's
>> not that hard to svn checkout and make the project, but of course anything
>> that lowers the barriers for a wider audience is always a good thing to get
>> early feedback.
>> So basically I guess I can see both arguments here, so for my part, I don't
>> care, I'll happily roll out a a few developer releases before a "major"
>> stable release to see things like the diff work that Ahmad has added to
>> Padre.
>> The big thing though is picking a natural 'stable enough' point to branch
>> and release while other parts are being worked on.
>> Thoughts?
> The CPAN testes effect is there but unfortunately it is relatively
> small in case of Padre.
> The other is to have more people try Padre before it has a stable release.
> 1) We have a few people following SVN.
> 3) We have more people installing from CPAN and expecting it to be stable.
> 4) We have (or so we hope) a lot more people installing binary versions.
>   (e.g. from linux distros or the Mac package of Tome or the Padre on
> Strawberry package)
> Having developer releases would IMHO be
> 2) People brave enough to install possibly broken version.
>   Who know how to install and older version if this is really broken.
>   but who don't want to follow the SVN.
> So I am ok having developer releases. If we have someone to do them and
> if we tell people how to install them and how to install an older
> version in case
> of trouble. We might need a way to announce them. At least on this
> mailing list but maybe also elsewhere.
> I think seeing more frequent releases might help get some more noise
> and more developers.
> regards
>   Gabor
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