It's been a few weeks since we released Open Babel 2.0. I usually
think it's a good idea to take a look back after a release and decide
what went well, what didn't, etc.
I've received some feedback already, but I hope we'll see more on the
* Timing: Several people thought the "freeze" wasn't announced far
enough in advance, and there were some last-minute bug reports. Fair
enough. So for future releases, we should have a slightly longer lead-
time and a clearer release plan.
* Betas / Snapshots: To be honest, while we did get some feedback
from the snapshots, we got a *lot* more from an actual "release."
Were these snapshots helpful? How about the timing? Was one snapshot
a month good, bad, about right?
* Scripting: The scripting wrappers had a nasty bug on Linux (that's
now fixed). Did anyone try out the scripting wrappers in the
snapshots? What could we have done to get more testing? Are the
resulting Perl and Python modules useful? Should they have other
* Test Suite: I'll admit that I don't test enough on Linux boxes --
Chris Morley was using Windows and I was using Mac OS X, assuming
(stupidly) that Linux would be close enough. Are there willing
testers on Linux who could provide feedback for snapshots in the future?
Any other complaints, critiques, etc. would be quite welcome.