Software version explanations

Dr. Ernest N. Prabhakar (ernest@pundit)
Wed, 9 Apr 97 06:52:31 -0700

I'm sure this is old bits, but it seemed timely, given discussions of
MacOS numbering. Nyaah.

-- Ernie P.

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From: (Tom Harrison)
Originally dated: 09 Apr 1997 0:00:00

"The Sixth Sense - The Sense of Humor"

Once you start playing with software you quickly become aware that
each software package has a revision code attached to it. It is
obvious that this revision code gives the sequence of changes to the
product, but in reality there's substantially more information
available through the rev-code than that. This article provides a
guide for interpreting the meaning of the revision codes and what
they actually signify.

Also known as "one point uh-oh", or "barely out of beta". We had to
release because the lab guys had reached a point of exhaustion and
the marketing guys were in a cold sweat of terror. We're praying that
you'll find it more functional than, say, a computer virus and that
its operation has some resemblance to that specified in the
marketing copy.

We fixed all the killer bugs ...

Uh, we introduced a few new bugs fixing the killer bugs and so we had
to fix them, too.

We did the product we really wanted to do to begin with. Mind you,
it's really not what the customer needs yet, but we're working on it.

Well, not surprisingly, we broke some things in making major changes
so we had to fix them. But we did a really good job of testing this
time, so we don't think we introduced any new bugs while we were
fixing these bugs.

Uh, sorry, one slipped through. One lousy typo error and you won't
believe how much trouble it caused!

Some jerk found a deep-seated bug that's been there since 1.0 and
wouldn't stop nagging until we fixed it!!

Hey, we finally think we've got it right! Most of the customers are
really happy with this.

Of course, we did break a few little things.

More features. It's doubled in size now, by the way, and you'll need
to get more memory and a faster processor ...

Just one or two bugs this time... Honest!

We really need to go on to a new product, but we have an installed
base out there to protect. We're cutting the staffing after this.

We had to fix a few things we broke in 5.0. Not very many, but it's
been so long since we looked at this thing we might as well call it a
major upgrade. Oh, yeah, we added a few flashy cosmetic features so
we could justify the major upgrade number.

Since I'm leaving the company and I'm the last guy left in the lab who
works on the product, I wanted to make sure that all the changes I've
made are incorporated before I go. I added some cute demos, too, since
I was getting pretty bored back here in my dark little corner (I kept
complaining about the lighting but they wouldn't do anything). They're
talking about obsolescence planning but they'll try to keep selling it
for as long as there's a buck or two to be made.

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