During the weekend I finally found time to release Workflow 1.33. I have not mentioned the last developer releases in this blog, but since the release of 1.33_4 and 1.33_5, I made 3 more developer releases before the final release of Workflow 1.33
I was cleaning up in the Changes file and I found out that 1.32 was released last January (2009) – I find it somewhat embarrassing that it has takes so long to get 1.33 out of the door – perhaps a different strategy should be necessary in 2010 and onward.
The release contains a lot of contributions, each developer release have been based on branches implementing patches from a lot of different people. Quite a few are minor improvements, but among the bigger features I can mention:
- dynamic loading of config files, from Andrew O’Brien.
As I have mentioned there are a lot of contributors and all of their contributions matter, big and small.
The developer releases made since 1.33_5 was:
- 1.33_6 – evaluation of patches from Alejandro Imass
- 1.33_7 – evaluation of patch from Ivan Paponov
- 1.33_8 – accumulated release and 1.33 release candidate
I have been using a strategy where each developer release have been based on a single patch so the different releases did not influence each other until late, I think I might need to reevaluate this practice and moderate it a bit, so bug fixes are releases faster and feature releases then can use the developer release scheme.
We are experiencing trouble with Perl 5.11 in version 1.33 (see: the test results for 1.33_8). I considered installing perl 5.11 to address these issues, but after some thinking, I decided not to let this postpone the upcoming release, since I gathered that nont of the Workflow users would probably be using 5.11 in production.
The plans for Workflow are as follows:
- get the documentation aligned
- improve the test suite
- get some more issues fixed
And hopefully all on a more regular schedule in 2010.
Oh and yes it is available on your local CPAN