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Microsoft's Lack of Nightly Builds For IE 154

Posted by kdawson
from the think-of-the-developers dept.
Ricky writes "Many wonder why Microsoft doesn't offer nightly builds of Internet Explorer — or at least something more frequent than months-to-years. Ars talks with Microsoft's general manager for IE, who says the IE9 development cycle will look much the same as previous versions. Not a great idea."
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Microsoft's Lack of Nightly Builds For IE

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  • by syousef (465911) on Friday November 20, 2009 @04:16PM (#30177430) Journal

    What does MS offer nightly builds for??? It's just not how they work. They're a typical monolithic development house that deals only with releases and occasionally lets beta code out. There are benefits to the approach like not trying to shoot a moving target when it comes to bugs etc. People who've grown up with agile seem to think it's the only way to do quality assurance.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Friday November 20, 2009 @04:49PM (#30178004)

    I am not a fan of Internet Explorer at all - however I know people who are, and I can't imagine this mattering to them in the least.

    Heck, I can't imagine the vast majority of Firefox or Safari/Chrome users caring about those available snapshots; and I say that as someone who has used nightly builds for both those products fairly frequently!

    This just seems silly on the face of it. "Microsoft doesn't follow Firefox's development path", complains a Firefox fan.

  • by pcardno (450934) on Friday November 20, 2009 @06:56PM (#30179822) Homepage

    Nightly builds, if they were released every time:

    Bun
    Bun
    Bun
    Bun
    Meat
    Meat
    Bun + Meat
    Bun + Meat
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
    GHERKIN!
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt++
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt+++++
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt + Tomato
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt + That Other Stuff
    Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt + That Other Slightly Better Stuff
    Quarter Pounder With Cheese

    As an IT Manager for one of the 100 biggest companies in the world, I couldn't give a flying f*ck about the inbetween. All I want to know is what we're getting. And if it breaks a part of our fundamental application stack, we'll complain or won't use it. If I want something in the release, I'll lobby for it. If you want to be part of the IE development cycle, sign an agreement with MS to be a part of it, then you'll get the alphas and beta.

    Total non-story.

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