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[REBOL] Re: Beta Expiration

From: jeff:rebol at: 23-Jan-2001 8:56

Howdy, Chris: [ . . . ]
> If you read the blurb on the RT site you'll realise it's not > aimed at developers, or even end users for that matter. It's > aimed at managers, pen-pushers and admin people who pay more > attention to how many buzzwords there are in a sentance than > the specifications of the product.
That blurb may be aimed at those people (people who pay for software). But that doesn't mean REBOL is necessarily aimed that way! RT loves happy, healthy, productive, and faithful developerz!! (-: To that end we're working on getting out another CORE release here very shortly. ETA: an epsilon + a delta added to a fractional portion of a short while. This next CORE release has so many gazillion fixes and improvements over 2.3-- it ain't even funny. [ . . . ]
> There are sound business reasons for expiration dates in > beta software. IMO the big "problem" is that RT are so > careful in releasing fairly well programmed betas that > people forget that they are testing incomplete, possibly > buggy code rather than the finished product.
Well said. We also need to make some changes between these betas that break scripts occasionally. We usually only do this in the interests of elegance, longevity, and that sort of thing, but it's still been an important option for us to keep open. Hence the "experimental" title of our betas. We probably won't have a new VIEW to release by the beta expiry of the current view, so we'll do as we have twice before and renew the expiration of the binaries on the experimental page, have people redownload their REBOL, with many thank-yous to everyone for their enduring patience. Believe me, we want to release software, but we really don't want to release stuff that's not polished to a superior perfection. -jeff