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IPS Product Line Release Schedule

Over this summer we have put a lot of work into the IPS applications to get them up to the same level of modern code that IP.Board itself features. If you have been following our blog you will have read about all the new features and enhancements coming to the applications. More blog entries on updates to other applications are coming so keep reading our blog for updates.

You may have noticed that there have not been a lot of releases to our applications over the last couple months. This is because we decided to take a new approach to our development cycle and we are happy to say we are wrapping up development on updates to all of our applications! Anyone who has been a customer of IPS for a period of time knows that we are always reluctant to post any sort of schedules. They are too easy to miss and, when that happens, people tend to get a tad... upset :)

For the first (and who knows: perhaps the last) time we are able to announce a general release schedule. On October 26 we will release IP.Board 3.1.3 which is a maintenance release that addresses many reported bugs and also contains code needed for the upcoming updates to all of our applications. After this release, we plan on releasing either an update or maintenance release to one of our applications every Tuesday through the end of the year! Some weeks there may also be an additional release on Thursday depending on schedule requirements. So that's one or two releases every week through the end of the year! The following applications (not listed in release order) will be released, updated, or see maintenance releases as needed:

  • IP.Blog
  • IP.Chat
  • IP.Content
  • IP.Downloads
  • IP.Gallery
  • IP.Nexus


Once this application update release schedule is complete we will have a new, modern line of applications that work with IP.Board and will be well-positioned for the upcoming IP.Board 3.2 series.

Everyone at IPS hopes you are as excited we are at this aggressive release schedule and the improvements to your community all of these updates will bring!
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I think people are being confused by what was said in the blog entry. We won't be releasing an update to IP.Board 3.1 every week, we'll be releasing an update to one of our applications each Tuesday.

The first week (26th) we will release IP.Board 3.1.3, you can update to this and will be fine. The following week an application from the list Charles posted will be released, and so forth. There won't be a IP.Board 3.1.4 the following Tuesday, or a 3.1.5. All the updates are for different applications respectively, simply pick which ones you want to update.

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[quote name='AlexJ' date='16 October 2010 - 01:19 AM'] Will it be something like Joomla ... only patches? If yes, then I am happy. Just upload files and I am good to go.

If it's going to be full upload, then sorry to say it's more like vB. Hate doing skin changes every week unless you guys are adding some nice skin updater by which we don't have to do much.

there should only be one release of ipb (3.1.3). Then each application will be released on the following weeks, a couple of weeks/months down the line there might probably be a 3.1.4 but that depends on bug feedback. Just to put it into perspective week one will be 3.1.3 then an application, for me its a toss up between IP.Gallery, IP.Nexus, IP.Content... going to put my money on gallery since 3.1.3 is mostly encompasses improvements added for the gallery system although IP.Content is a close one too, of course can't rule out IP.Nexus, argh! lol. Taking bets now...

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[quote name='Mark' date='16 October 2010 - 04:01 AM']
Well the easiest way is to submit a ticket saying "Hey, I want an upgrade" :)



well actually the easiest way for updates and upgrades is with zero intervention by the customers ...

Select upgrade/updates at x hour every Tuesday in the ACP and leave IPB to do its magic while you sleep. :rolleyes:

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[quote name='Anthony.' date='16 October 2010 - 02:00 PM']
well actually the easiest way for updates and upgrades is with zero intervention by the customers ...

Select upgrade/updates at x hour every Tuesday in the ACP and leave IPB to do its magic while you sleep. :rolleyes:

That's really not very feasible at all. In fact, to do that you'd have to open a big giant security vulnerability in the form of CHMOD 777 on all files. It won't happen. (FYI: the rolleyes emoticon you use in every post adds a patronising tone to your comments. I don't know if you realised it).

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Unless I am missing something here but if you are going to release updates every week then would seem like your programmes are going to be full of bugs/errors when released.

If that is the case then why not stick to how you have been releasing instead of every week ?

Seems like extra work for skinners as would have to update their skins every week ?

Unless as I say am missing something or not understanding that part but that is what it seems like to me

we plan on releasing either an update or maintenance release to one of our applications every Tuesday through the end of the year

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[quote name='Charles' date='15 October 2010 - 10:50 PM']

Well not really. If you are unhappy about an agressive release schedule you can ignore updates until whatever future date you feel it is time for you personally to install an update.

Never said I was unhappy - not sure what gave you that idea. :)

I have no issues with it.

In any event it is never wise to immediately update a live site with a latest update - so at least this schedule will allow the delay of upgrading with more confidence :)

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I always ask IPS to do updates. So IPS will get their hands quite busy if they have to do this every week for X amount of customers. As much as I am happy for the updates, I start to doubt that this model is good for you (the IPS team) considering all the update requests you will have to work on. This will (I believe) lead you off development, sadly. Instead of giving us small updates/features etc. I think it's better to release one massive release after 2-3 months. If there's a security risk, it's just to put up an update whenever you want to. I am happy about this news but at the same time worry about how you will manage developing and updating for all your customers. I prefer you developing in an efficient way instead of "wasting" your time on customer updates. (being a bit harsh? :P)

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[quote name='Nervosa' date='15 October 2010 - 11:59 PM']Will the updates be patch files, or we will still have to download and upload everything?

That's the very first question that popped into my mind ... after the thought that it's great to see that the updates are coming and you're letting us know when. Good communication that guys - well done :)

So, patches or uploading the full monty?

Cheers,
Shaun :D

(The reason it matters to me in particular is that I've made some manual changes to the code that I'd need to re-do with every full update. :wink:)

Ah - should have read page 2 first ... lol :)

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[quote name='steve00' date='16 October 2010 - 09:35 AM']
Unless I am missing something here but if you are going to release updates every week then would seem like your programmes are going to be full of bugs/errors when released.

If that is the case then why not stick to how you have been releasing instead of every week ?

Seems like extra work for skinners as would have to update their skins every week ?

Unless as I say am missing something or not understanding that part but that is what it seems like to me

Please read replies by myself, Charles and Mark above :)

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[quote name='Mat (FDNZ)' date='16 October 2010 - 04:42 AM']
That's really not very feasible at all. In fact, to do that you'd have to open a big giant security vulnerability in the form of CHMOD 777 on all files. It won't happen. (FYI: the rolleyes emoticon you use in every post adds a patronising tone to your comments. I don't know if you realised it).

Not if you use a FTP framework to transfer the files, which I've done in my Resource Installer (which in theory can be used to update IPS' apps too).

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[quote name='steve00' date='16 October 2010 - 04:35 AM']
Unless I am missing something here but if you are going to release updates every week then would seem like your programmes are going to be full of bugs/errors when released.

If that is the case then why not stick to how you have been releasing instead of every week ?

Seems like extra work for skinners as would have to update their skins every week ?

Unless as I say am missing something or not understanding that part but that is what it seems like to me


You may have misunderstood. We aren't writing one application a week we are releasing one a week. Most of the updates are already written and ready to go :)

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[quote name='steve00' date='16 October 2010 - 04:35 AM']
Unless I am missing something here but if you are going to release updates every week then would seem like your programmes are going to be full of bugs/errors when released.

If that is the case then why not stick to how you have been releasing instead of every week ?

Seems like extra work for skinners as would have to update their skins every week ?

Unless as I say am missing something or not understanding that part but that is what it seems like to me

They listed 7 applications (below) so, assuming there is something to actually release each Tuesday it is one update for each application every SEVEN weeks, not 7 application updates every week ......

[*]IP.Board[*]IP.Blog[*]IP.Chat[*]IP.Content[*]IP.Downloads[*]IP.Gallery[*]IP.Nexus

Looking forward to the first release ... and then to IP.Content to see if I can finally get my head around it with the changes that have been noted in recent blogs.

Great idea IPS, so long as you dont rush any of the releases .... Would hate to see a scenario where one of them wasnt ready for its scheduled weekly turn at being updated and was released because of the schedule rather than because it was complete. I know you probably wouldnt do that anyway, but would rather have a "blank" week than that happen.

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Are these product updates, or just bug fixes? I mean, will they have new functionality or just firm-up the current point release versions?

He he ... so many questions. We're not a very accepting bunch are we ... lol :)

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