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From Cheolsoo Park <cheol...@cloudera.com>
Subject Re: Version of future alpha release of Sqoop2
Date Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:16:34 GMT
Hi Jarcec,

I like your suggestion of 1.99.x. That seems intuitive and clear what it's
supposed to mean to me.


On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM, Jarek Jarcec Cecho <jarcec@apache.org>wrote:

> Hi Sqoop(2) developers,
> we're making very good progress in Sqoop 2 land. Current code base still
> can't move any data around, but I'm sure that we're very close to have
> something usable and testable soon. With this regard, I would like to
> propose doing some
> pre/alpha/beta/unstable/preview/pick-your-own-word-for-unstable-code
> release as soon as possible to provide early adopters first testable bits.
> My motivation to provide early bits is to get feedback from actual users as
> soon as possible, so that we can incorporate good ideas before it will
> become too expensive.
> However releasing such early state raises question what version should we
> release. I would say that most simple idea is to release version "2.0.0",
> however due to unstable nature, I believe that it's very bad idea. Hadoop
> seems to be adding "-alpha" to the version names, for example
> "2.0.1-alpha"[1]. I don't quite like this solution as I would personally
> expect that there will be 2.0.1 stable (without "alpha" suffix) that won't
> have any new features but will be stable soon. As this won't be the case
> for Sqoop, I would like to propose slightly different solution that I've
> seen in some other projects. I would like to propose doing release 1.99.1.
> I believe that the version number implies that it's very far from current
> stable 1.4 version and very very near to 2.0, but it's not 2.0 yet. I would
> like to see other opinions about using 1.99.1 version for first cut of our
> Sqoop 2 branch.
> I actually did not invent this idea - I've seen in before. For example KDE
> project [2] is using very similar approach for quite some time by now as
> you can see on their archive [3]. Versions like 4.8.90 or 4.8.95 are
> "pre-releases" for 4.9. Another example would be Ubuntu one client [4].
> Jarcec
> Links:
> 1: http://mirror.nexcess.net/apache/hadoop/common/hadoop-2.0.1-alpha/
> 2: http://kde.org/
> 3: http://download.kde.org/unstable/
> 4: https://launchpad.net/ubuntuone-client/stable-4-0

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