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Clay Release Roadmap Planning

Posted by david on 21 April 2013 at 7:03 pm

I'm in the process of putting together a roadmap for regular Clay releases. I think having a public release schedule will provide enough motivation to work on it more frequently than I have, with possibly fewer gaps in development, Lately I haven't been able to work on Clay a lot, but I should be able to now that things are settling down for a little while. There's a lot of work to be done toward an official site and things like that, so most likely the initial releases will just be posted here and on GitHub, but I may surprise myself and get Clay-Project.com up earlier.

Right now I'm looking at a June alpha followed up with a beta close behind. From there out it will be mostly beta releases with sporatic alpha versions, depending on the code state and the kind of changes being implemented. I plan to do a full version update once a year, with a 0.5 increment every 6 months. Stable releases will be released quarterly, along with a schedule for the following quarter's beta releases. 

The part I'm trying to figure out is mainly the increments between x.5 and xx.0. The x.5 release will be a final release for x.x, with x.6 being the beginning of the roadmap toward xx.0. It's kind of confusing, but the purpose is to maintain x.5 as stable and move on toward xx.0 on a regular release cycle. For instance, 1.5's repo would be cloned into 2.0 and the development would shift to the 2.0 branch, which would really be 1.6 to 2.0. The 1.5 branch would be preserved for bug fixes and maintainence updates. Basically, x.0 and x.5 would be released once a year each, being used as long term support releases, while any 0.1 increments in between would be a beta for the next LTS. 

I hope to do a good review of the code and my private roadmap and release an updated plan next weekend.

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