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ONLamp: A Version By Any Other Name

Jan 29, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amir Shevat)

"Product versioning is a matter that lies in the grey area between marketing and R&D. Lets take Java for example (I like Java that is why I use it as an example). On one hand marketing people think that calling a product '5.0 code name Tiger' would be much better than calling it 1.5 (and don't even think about something like 1.5.0_04-b05). On the other hand, R&D people, though really fond of Tigers, would prefer to see '1.5.0_04-b05' as the version name. This version name provides R&D with the information they require such as the knowledge that a certain bug was fixed in this version. I think that is why SUN markets JAVA as 'J2SE 5.0 tiger' but when I run 'java --version' on my computer I get 'java version 1.5.0_04-b05...'"

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