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10.3 Post-mortem

This web page is a handy place to collect our impressions of the 10.3 release process. Hopefully, after gathering people's feedback, we can come up with a plan to make the next release easier to produce.

Topic

Observer

Details

Release Notes

Rick

We need a standard way of generating the input files consumed by the release notes generator. The queries which generate these inputs should be standardized so that the release notes generator can create the inputs itself once it knows the release id.

Release Notes

Rick

We need to add a check box whose meaning is "exclude this JIRA from the release notes". This will make the previous task easier.

Release Notes

Rick

The release notes lint tool should object when it sees text which will confuse the Apache cgi scripts. Right now, the release notes checked into the branch can't be put onto the Apache website when we publish the release. This is because the website's cgi scripts hiccup when they see certain characters.

Buddy Testing

Rick

Buddy testing should start several weeks before the first release candidate is generated.

Buddy Testing

Rick

If a feature finishes up early, it would be good to vet a snapshot so that the feature can be buddy-tested early.

Build process

Myrna

following build improvement tasks are still open: DERBY-2571 - Create master scripts or ant targets for creating release branches, building all release artifacts, and publishing those artifacts to the Apache mirrors; DERBY-2572 - Write a master script which creates a release branch; DERBY-2573 - Create master ant target for generating all release artifacts, including code and doc artifacts; DERBY-2574 - Create master script or ant target for publishing release artifacts after the community vets the release. I have been planning to get to these, but other things always seem more urgent.

Build process

Myrna

updating the masters for each version bump is irritating, even with an ant target. I logged DERBY-3088 to address this

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