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"Earthquakes" are events in Tiki code or community which "shake everything" and put us off course.

They tend to be problematic because they are big things that happen at a bad time (ex.:late in the dev cycle). Because we are tending to the aftermath of the earthquake, we are not doing a good job in the normal stabilization period of a release. And thus releases are less stable, prompting community members to stay on LTS versions, and it's a vicious cycle.

Past earthquakes:

  • Tiki5 UTF-8
    • A last-minute fix ended up causing a lot of problems between 5.0 and 5.1
  • Tiki7 Trackers revamp
    • It was so much work, started so late, that 7.x was released late and wasn't very stable
  • Tiki9 Change in the behavior of HTML entities
    • This delayed the release of Tiki9 and caused all kinds of headaches

Moving to Smarty3 was a big job but since it was done early, it worked out well. So we must "plan" when we want to deal with major projects.

Potential future earthquakes

  • Wiki Parser revamp
  • Major redesign of templates/design (960.gs, etc)
  • What else?

Related: SWOT

Contributors to this page: Marc Laporte .
Page last modified on Saturday 13 October 2012 06:08:15 UTC by Marc Laporte.

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