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Re: [jakartaee-platform-dev] version numbers and release qualifiers

I prefer the use of capital -B, -M, and -RC.  This is consistent with the capital -SNAPSHOT.  And, it's consistent with what we've been doing with MicroProfile (just for reference).

Now, if you really don't care about consistency, I would even throw out the idea of -b, -M, and -RC.  My experience has been that most "build drivers" use a lower-case -b.  But, the milestone and release candidate drivers use a capital -M and -RC, respectively.

Kevin Sutter
STSM, MicroProfile and Jakarta EE architect @ IBM
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From:        Bill Shannon <bill.shannon@xxxxxxxxxx>
To:        jakartaee-platform developer discussions <jakartaee-platform-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:        01/15/2020 15:34
Subject:        [EXTERNAL] [jakartaee-platform-dev] version numbers and release qualifiers
Sent by:        jakartaee-platform-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx

I've updated our versioning spec [1] to reflect our recent decision to
use dot-dot version numbers for API jar files, e.g., of the form x.0.0.
Please let me know if you see any mistakes, especially in the OSGi rules.

Also, we need to decide what release qualifiers to recommend.  So far
we've been recommending these (where <number> is a sequence number):

-b<number>                 - build
-m<number>                 - milestone
-rc<number>                 - release candidate

The pre-defined qualifier is "-SNAPSHOT", which raises the question as
to whether our qualifiers should be upper case as well.  I've mostly
seen lower case being used, which is why the document recommends lower
case, but I can see an argument for all qualifiers being upper case.


Once we come to a decision on this I'd like to send it to the PMC and
ask them to "bless" it as the recommendation for all EE4J and Jakarta EE


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