[jdom-interest] detach() [eg]

Dennis Sosnoski dms at sosnoski.com
Thu Apr 26 12:44:37 PDT 2001

In projects I've worked on "beta" generally means that something is near production
release and fairly stable. This as opposed to "alpha", which generally means nothing
is fixed and it's just for demonstration purposes.

Not to beat this issue any further, but the text on the download page lists the betas
under Milestone Builds, with the text:

"Milestone builds indicate large additions in functionality, or pre-release,
feature-frozen builds that may soon become release builds. Although generally stable,
they often contain new features that are still being tested for their value and
usability. These are great for developers and users trying to see what is coming in
the next versions of JDOM."

This is accurate in and of itself, but the "or" in the first sentence is certainly
misleading - none of the Milestone Builds to date could be considered "pre-release,
feature-frozen builds that may soon become release builds." I think it'd be more
accurate if this part were eliminated for now, and if a specific warning were given
that "the APIs are subject to change without backward compatibility and any code
written to the current APIs will likely need to be changed for future releases."

  - Dennis

philip.nelson at omniresources.com wrote:

> > I'd suggest that if this is the case there should be a
> > warning to developers on the
> > download page that all "beta" builds should be considered
> > trial only and are not
> > intended for production work.
> What does beta mean then?
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