Version numbers (was: A plea to Andreas)
ScratchMonkey at MatureAsskickers.net
Fri Jul 8 11:37:04 EDT 2005
--On Friday, July 08, 2005 10:57 AM +0200 Mikael Bååth
<mikaelbaath at gmail.com> wrote:
> If Dice and/or EA has some
> business rule to their versions that states that they may not release
> two different versions of the server under the same version number,
> that's an administrative problem, not a software problem.
That presumes that the entire package has only one version number. It's
quite common for there to be many version numbers involved in a release.
There's the revision number on each source file, which is used primarily by
the revision control system. There's the release version number, which
might have qualifiers like "beta2" or "prerelease4" or "patchlevel1".
Most important for client-server compatibility is the version number of the
wire protocol. There may also be a version number of the rule set. As long
as those are the same (or compatible), you should be able to mix and match
Check out the electrical aisle at the hardware store. There are lots of
colors and materials used in outlets and plugs, yet they can all be used
together, at least for the same voltage. There are a couple of different
plug styles for different current ratings, and the lower-rated plug can be
plugged into the higher-rated outlet. (One of the blades has a "T" on the
higher current plug to keep you from plugging it into the lower-rated
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