PageKicker’s version naming scheme

PageKicker is my open source algorithmic publishing toolkit, and every few months I make a major release.  I use semantic versioning which is neatly explained at the SEMVER website as follows:

Given a version number MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, increment the:
MAJOR version when you make incompatible API changes,
MINOR version when you add functionality in a backwards-compatible manner, and
PATCH version when you make backwards-compatible bug fixes.

So version 2.0.0 represents a “breaking” major change, version 2.1.0 represents new features that are still backwards-compatible, and version 2.1.1 represents a bug fix.

I began with version 0.7.0.0, which is not strictly speaking correct, but since version 1.0.0 I have followed SEMVER strictly.  We are still on version 2 and will be there for a while.  For ease of use, and fun, I add the name of a famous author to the git tag and increment it alphabetically after each major version. So far major versions have been tagged as follows:

0.7.0.0-Gissing -- George, the author of GRUB STREET
0.8.0.0-Herbert -- Frank, the author of DUNE
0.9.0.0-Ionesco -- Eugene , the author of RHINOCEROS
1.0.0-Johnson -- Samuel, the author of DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
2.0.0-Keats  -- John, the poet.

During each version, I work may way through the complete works of that author.  Right now, I am reading “Hyperion” by Keats.    And I am looking ahead — what should the next version name be?

 

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