Hello again, Lucee-ers! (Will someone please end our search for an official nickname once and for all?!) Hope 2019 is off to a great start for everyone. It’s time to publish our 2019 release schedule, which will be the third year of planned sprints and regular releases for Lucee. But before I get to that, here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been up to at the beginning of 2019.
Starting in 2017, when I took on the first formal Product Manager role, those of us on the LAS board, along with the rest of the members, wanted to place a big emphasis on getting Lucee into a regular release cycle, including having a formal/published release calendar, and, of course, sticking to it! We’ve done a solid job with this, shipping pretty much all of our releases on time (with the occasional delay of a week or two here or there), all the while packing in a metric ton of features and fixes for Lucee.
After two years of that approach, we certainly intend to keep pushing and improving, but as 2019 got underway, we realized we needed to put some focus on the organizational side of Lucee. Without that, there’s no Lucee! We decided to put development efforts on hold for January, and set aside that time instead for long-term, big-picture organizational planning. We have some exciting announcements on the way in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for those.
Back to the release schedule! The re-organized schedule for 2018 worked exactly as we’d hoped. If you haven’t had a chance to read our reasoning for the change, take a quick peek here. Here’s an updated release timeline for 2019:
Next, here’s an update on Lucee 5.3.1. As we mentioned in the original post about the 126.96.36.199-RC, given how much development went into that build, we wanted to leave it in RC status for a longer period than normal (typically 1 full month). We’d intended to ship a final release at the end of 2018, along with a 5.3.2-RC, but this all got pushed back a bit by the organizational planning activities. During this extra-extended RC period , we did in fact find some significant regressions, so today we’re announcing a second Release Candidate for 5.3.1, which is 188.8.131.52-RC, available for download and testing now. Here are the regressions addressed by the new RC build:
We will make 184.108.40.206 a final release in March, alongside kicking off the first official sprint of 2019, which will produce Lucee 5.3.2-RC at the beginning of April. From there, the schedule resumes as planned for the rest of 2019, including a goal of releasing Lucee 6 in Q4! (But that’s a topic unto itself, so nothing more about that here, other than to note that it’s on our schedule. Stay tuned later in the year for more on this next major release.)
There is still room in the March sprint, so if you haven’t already, please upvote/comment as always, and we’ll tackle your tickets as soon as possible.
Thanks for listening. Looking forward to making 2019 the best year ever for Lucee!
Lucee Product Manager