Deane 4.0

By Deane Barker on April 26, 2004

Isabella Kennedy arrived at 7:03 p.m. Eight pounds, 12 oz. Mom and baby are fine. Now, for the important bit…

I had trouble versioning this one. Was she Deane 2.0 or 5.0? She is my daughter — a direct descendent of 1.0 — hence a 2.0.

However, she’s the fifth member of the family. Since my wife and I work the bugs out of the child-rearing process with each release, I think she needs to be a 5.0 to reflect the maturity of the product.

But do I count my wife? I really didn’t work any bugs out of her (she’s still trying to work them out of me). Maybe she and I are 1.0 together, making Isabella a 4.0 release (Alec would have been 2.0; Gabrielle, 3.0).

Perhaps that’s the closest I’m going to get. I could throw in the fact that Alec is my stepson, technically making him a merge or integration of some kind. When you merge a 1.0 and 2.0, what version do you end up with? 1.5?

Forget it. I’m sticking with a 4.0 release. I would push it further, but I don’t want to seem like a geek or anything.

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  1. Woo hoo! Congrats!

    The trouble I see with your versioning system is that a new version number is an indication of a revision to an existing product, implying that bugs have been fixed, features added, and performance has been tweaked, and the new release is intended to supplant earlier releases.

    As a Dad of four, I know that in reality each kid is a unique product, with unique features, capabilities, and bugs. Those bugs usually get worked out in time, so maybe each birthday, or each phase of each kid’s life, would be a new version. But even so, I think all my kids are still in alpha, or maybe beta. I’m a little protective that way.

    Psalm 127:4-5

  2. Congrats buddy! Where are the pictures?

    I think Dave’s right. What you’re working with here are forks based off of a code merge of two seperate original projects. I think each kid is on their own branch. You’re going to need to get them into a versioning system to keep track of it all.

  3. Congratulations on the new kid, Deane. It’s good to affirm that there are other tech guys out there with the skill and social graces for procreation.

    Perhaps the version number system is flawed and you should switch to something like MX, SC, XP, or ’04?

  4. Please, Owen; anything but that!

    But you know, come to think of it, my 5 year old could be the ME version, because the world revolves around him. ;o)

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