Philosophy of build numbers
simplsol at aol.com
simplsol at aol.com
Tue Nov 14 19:56:48 EST 2006
For what it's worth, I've never liked double decimals or alphas in
build numbers; I like the build numbers to be numbers.
What I use is "x.yyzzz". X is the version, the two ys are minor
versions and the three zs are internal build numbers. For example Rev
2.07004. This allows infinite versions, a hundred minor versions, and a
thousand builds. It is also easy to see which version the build belongs
to. And I can sort historical builds numerically.
I helps avoid the situation where you run out of space for numbers:
what comes after OS X 10.3.9? Or 10.4.9? Or 10.9 - if the world is not
ready for 11.0?
Just my 2 cents.
From: ambassador at fourthworld.com
To: use-revolution at lists.runrev.com
Sent: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 4:27 PM
Subject: Philosophy of build numbers
I'm extending the build system for my apps to use build numbers, and
it seems there are at least two different philosophies about this:
a) Increment the build number each time every build is made,
regardless of version.
PRO: One number tells you what you need to know
CON: That number can get quite larger over the life of a product
b) Increment the build number each time, but reset to 1 for the first
build of a major upgrade (the number to the left of the first decimal).
PRO: The build number will likely never exceed the hundreds, even for
long-running successful programs
CON: You must also know the version to know where a build is in the
Is there of convention use widely enough to make alternatives easy to
-- Richard Gaskin
Fourth World Media Corporation
Ambassador at FourthWorld.com http://www.FourthWorld.com
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