Platform policy question: API compatability in minor releases

wren ng thornton wren at
Mon May 11 18:36:56 EDT 2009

Isaac Dupree wrote:
> Crazy idea: What if we do the maintenance/bug-fix-only release every 4-6 weeks, 
> and a release roughly 3 months cycle that allows API additions but no changes; 
> and API changes are allowed only on the 6-month cycle?  Then people who import 
> carefully, only need to re-test their code twice a year.  And forwards 
> compatibility is not as bad as the 'every 4-6 weeks' situation, it's closer to 
> 3 months.

I don't think it's so crazy. See my most recent reply to Duncan for a 
fuller discussion of why I think this is the best answer.

Live well,

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