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RE: testing presence of ML feature

I've been doing various version checking tests on all versions from 0.1 to current (excluding 0.2, which I never had for some reason).
Both 0.5.5 and 0.6.PRE-RELEASE have a version string of "0.5.5". According to John there won't be a final 0.6 release, so as far as 0.6 is concerned its version string will be permanently wrong. This leads me to believe that testing for "0.6" as a minimum version string should be actively discouraged. It won't work properly if the script has features that were first adopted in 0.6, because it will assume your version is too old if you're using 0.6.

So my suggestion when it comes to using the version string as a test is either to retain 0.5.5 support in your script or skip to 0.6.5 when it is released. Otherwise you'll need to test for specific features in the required minimum version, which isn't quite as reliable unless you can be guaranteed that all features currently in 0.6 will remain in all future versions.

From what I gather, though, 0.6.5 looks to be quite an impressive update, with features I'll probably want to utilize often, so perhaps this issue will soon be moot. For more basic scripts 0.5.5 support should be sufficient, and for features that are new to 0.6 it looks like 0.6.5 will be a better alternative anyway.

This post was last modified: 02-08-2008 04:40 AM by mikshaw.

02-08-2008 04:35 AM
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testing presence of ML feature - mikshaw - 01-20-2008, 05:37 AM
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