Alternatives to version numbering

Adrian Howard adrianh at
Mon Dec 10 13:34:20 GMT 2007

On 10 Dec 2007, at 12:53, Leon Brocard wrote:

> On 10/12/2007, Toby Corkindale <tjc at> wrote:
>> Version numbers are a well-understood way of telling whether a  
>> perl module, or
>> indeed entire application, has the features or behaviour you are  
>> looking for.
>> It works well for applications with a central point of release and
>> distribution. You know version 1.2.0 comes after versions  
>> 1.1.0-1.1.x.
> All version numbers are hateful. Different things which do different
> things should be called different things, not just have a different
> version number. The only version numbers which make sense are numbers
> which sort sensibly. That means only one dot.

In my more extreme moments I think integers for versions + vaguely  
decent test suites are what folk should be using :-)


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