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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by depesz (7751) on 2008.08.07 0:54 (#64241)

    While I'm not object to the point, I would like to have it somehow explained.

    Other points are either self-explanatory, or simply obvious, but I don't immediately see why alpha/beta/rc releases are necessarily evil.

    • While I'm not object*ing* to the point...

    • I don't immediately see why alpha/beta/rc releases are necessarily evil.

      In the first place, they're ineffective as tools for gathering feedback. There's no substitute for getting your software to actual users and hearing directly from them what works and what doesn't work.

      Worse, I believe they're fundamentally at odds with the practice of done done [jamesshore.com]. If you get in the habit of releasing software with features you think probably aren't complete, you think are mostly complete, or you're pretty sure are com

      • In the first place, they're ineffective as tools for gathering feedback.

        So true! Though, at least you'll get smoker reports...

        • I prefer to get daily smoker reports from trunk and significant branches. Hourly reports are even better.

          The shorter the period between an action and its feedback, the more you can learn from the experience and the faster you can correct an incorrect action.