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Don’t be perfectionist: big code dumps suck

By Hongli Lai on April 13th, 2012


We’ve been developing Phusion Passenger 3.2 on local repositories for a while now. We didn’t want to show the changes to the world until we know that it’s at least somewhat ready for public consumption. For a long time 3.2 didn’t even fully compile. The end results speak for themselves: Phusion Passenger 3.2 introduces quite a large number of changes. And yet there’s something that does not feel quite right here. Not only was there a large time gap between 3.0 and 3.2, we also feel that we haven’t properly communicated our development progress to the public, which could possibly have resulted in the perception that development was slow.

We have been too perfectionist. Dr Nic was right in booing our development method.

From an open source perspective as well, development behind closed doors is not the way to go. We plan on publishing changes in a more gradual manner in the future.