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Using a Version Non-Number

Posted by: Prototerm on June 12, 2005 07:07 AM
Of course people are going to look at a version number of<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.10 and assume it's a decimal. You just called it a number, didn't you? The most interesting version number I've come across, though, was at one shop that used a version number like "20050611". Didn't like it at first, until I realised how easily it sorted (you have to use two digits for 1 to 9, of course, to make it work) wherever it was used, and how it communicates to the user the only fact they really care about: what is the latest version of the software.

Still not sure if I'd like it for everything, but for internal corporate apps, it seems to do the job nicely.


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