I didn't really mean to suggest that one should wait until all these goals are met perfectly before releasing anything. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's impossible to create the "perfect code". But, what you release should work, at least reliably enough for your target users. Beta releases are somewhat exempt -- that's why they're beta. :)
The development process is, of course, iterative. And the mantra of "release early, release often" is definately valuable in the quest toward good software. You do have a valid point about not waiting until you implement 100% of the features before a release. However, I did say "conforms to the spec" -- what you do implement needs to be as correct as possible. In many cases, you can conform to a spec without implementing every feature of it. In some cases, though, you can't.
"Users are evil. All users are evil. Do not trust them. Perl specifically offers the -T switch because it knows users are evil." - japhy
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