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Re: Does 5.8.0 suck?

by frankus (Priest)
on Aug 08, 2002 at 09:14 UTC ( #188536=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Does 5.8.0 suck?

IME any release of software ending in .0 is worth avoiding.
Of course this doesn't apply to Microsoft Software, which is always worth avoiding (IMHO ;o)


Brother Frankus.


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Re2: Does 5.8.0 suck?
by vladb (Vicar) on Aug 08, 2002 at 18:20 UTC
    Althought I'm not a fan of Microsoft and has been known to speak against it, I've learned it's best to avoid such generalizations. Microsoft could be credited for a number of achievements. For example, their COM, OLE and etc. model is unique (although not prone to hacker attacks ;/). Getting inside Windows, one could find a number of good as well as bad features. However, even some of the open source projects are far from being perfect, unfortunately.

    There are places where Microsoft products are indispensable. I'm working with Windows Media Services server now and it doesn't look bad. In fact, I very much like the way they've organized the Server API. Writing custom plug-ins is relatively easy and straightforward (even in C++, which is what I'm using now). Not to mention their latest release of Visual Studio .NET, so far it's proven to be an excellent tool.

    Certainly, blue screens of death could be a nuisance at times ;-)

    # Under Construction
      Here are some of the criteria I apply to all Software:
      1. Is it free? If not, is it worth the money?
      2. Is it proven to be robust and secure?
      3. Is there an effective way of reporting bugs and requesting enhancements?
      4. Are upgrades made frequently and at no cost between major releases?
      5. Does it conform to existing conventions? If not does it improve on existing standards?
      6. Does it use proprietary file formats?
      7. Are the file formats well documented and that documentation publicly available?
      8. Does using the Software exclude me from using other manufacturers software?
      9. Does using the Software bind me to using other software products that I must purchase?
      10. Does it only run on certain platforms?

      From my criteria you will see that .0 releases (in my opinion ) only fall down on point 2.


      Brother Frankus.


        And, unfortunally, perl doesn't satisfy your point 4. There has been more than 2 years between 5.6.0 and 5.8.0, with only 5.6.1 in between. (5.7.x are development releases).

        And I'm afraid, it will be the same on the road to 5.10.


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