Semantic Versioning31 January 2017
Everyone should have a standard they follow when determining the strategy behind the versioning of their apps. Otherwise, what’s the point of versioning at all? Keep a link to the standard easily accessible so you can remind yourself of the “rules” every time you release an update.
I enjoy the standard described at semver.org. Simple to follow and adopted heavilly in the industry. In short:
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.