[asdf-devel] In defense of ASDF & Semantic versioning

Stelian Ionescu sionescu at cddr.org
Thu Nov 21 14:05:29 UTC 2013

On Thu, 2013-11-21 at 17:51 +0400, Anton Vodonosov wrote:
> The proposal to put new, incompatible version into new package
> does not imply any additional maintenance of old versions.
> And BTW, other versioning approaches do not prevent
> from support of previous versions. These two questions
> are completely orthogonal.
> If speak about old versions maintenance (in whatever versioning).
> People using old versions should understand that development
> focus is shifted to the latest versions. 
> OTOH if someone has large application depending on say hunchentoot 0.13.0
> and it is easier to accept his patch that for him to migrate
> to hunchentoot 1.2.18 - why not, create a branch from 0.13.0
> and commit his patch. 
> 21.11.2013, 15:01, "Stelian Ionescu" <sionescu at cddr.org>:
> >  Since CL library development isn't subsidized by generous
> >  companies - like in the Java, Python & Ruby world - the best we can do
> >  with limited resources is break an API, maintain the project name and
> >  simply require all users to forward-port their code.
> How the requirement for additional work in clients (which are probably
> other open source libraries) is a resource saving?

Because the library developers' time is much more precious that the
users' time, with few exceptions.

Stelian Ionescu a.k.a. fe[nl]ix
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.

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