[Bioperl-l] Withdraw Bio::Graphics and Bio::DB::SeqFeature from bioperl distribution?

Lincoln Stein lincoln.stein at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 15:11:24 EST 2008

I for one will take The Pledge not to change the APIs of the modules I have


On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM, Hilmar Lapp <hlapp at gmx.net> wrote:

> On Nov 11, 2008, at 11:37 AM, Sendu Bala wrote:
>  Yes people want a stable release, but calling it 1.6 doesn't make it
>> stable. Doing the things in the plan for 1.6 makes it stable.
> I think the main danger with a haphazard 1.6 stable release is to have APIs
> in there that we aren't ready yet to commit to supporting beyond 1.6, or
> even beyond 1.6.0.
> If there are hidden (or known) bugs, these can be declared, and fixed in
> point releases. (I do feel pretty strongly that a much greater frequency of
> point releases is necessary and healthy. There was talk earlier this year
> that a 1.5.3 release is not worth the effort and that we should aim for 1.6
> right away. I think such consideration is nearly always mistaken, and
> backfires - in this case the result of it was that we have had neither 1.5.3
> nor 1.6 for 8 months: those feeling capable of shepherding 1.5.3 were told
> their time isn't needed, and those wanting to take on 1.6 were intimidated
> by the necessary effort. Had there been 3 point releases since then, we may
> have gotten to 1.6 in smaller steps at a time but eventually faster.)
> As for sanctioning APIs that aren't ready to receive official blessing by
> releasing 1.6, what about individual developers taking responsibility and
> clearly label their module and interface declarations as experimental if
> that's what they are. I don't think it's unreasonable either to just declare
> all new (since 1.4) APIs that haven't been vetted or approved by the core as
> experimental. They can always be de-experimentalised later.
> And finally - awesome Chris that you are volunteering to carry the 1.6
> torch! Much thanks, and may the Force be with you :-)
>        -hilmar
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