0.8.0 seems like an odd initial release number

2020 January 6

If you're here, you're probably wondering why 0.8.0 was chosen as the initial version number for At the first glimpse, it seems like arbitrary, but let's take a deeper dive.

The system and related ecosystem sees the first light of day in this release. It became available to the general public and developers can start building their projects using it. We need to keep one thing in mind is that as the initial release, it has not been battle tested by a wide audience. We've been dogfooding it for years, however, other developers may have different experiences with it.

After the release, other developers may discover missing features or breaking bugs that would be hard to repair in a release that has a stable API and surrounding mechanisms. By releasing with the version number 0.8.0 we wanted to signal that may still undergo some breaking changes until it is considered fully stable and governed under the API change policy.

Our plan with the upcoming releases are the following:

0.9.0 should fix any encountered core problems with the build system based on user feedback. This release is going to be considered as a release candidate for 1.0.0, while testing the build system further for extensibility and usability.

1.0.0 is going to be the first stable release that has a strictly managed API policy.

There also may be intermediate release between the above versions (like 0.8.x and 0.9.y). We also reserve the right to go further (0.10.0, 0.11.0, etc...) if we encounter any more core issues.

One can wonder, why haven't we chosen 0.1.0 like suggests. By staring at 0.8.0 we wanted to signal that we consider to be more mature than some early-beta software. For us, the version 0.1.0 implies that the software is in a very early phase of development, however, that is not the case for