Markus, maybe it makes sense to release Release Candidates or Betas so people who want stable functionality can rely on "pure number" to be that? This will also help testers to roll back stuff it RCs and BetaXs will have their own SVN tags.
This time around I didn't have time to start using 1.12svn or more important projects, but TechPresentations was in a shaky state for a couple of days, but next time hopefully I'll be experimenting with bigger setups and will be glad if switching back and forth was more granular.
I hope my recomendations will only help to get more beta-testers onboard.
Two remarks about the new release: a clarification and, alas, a bug.
* It was pointed out that the update instructions  are not completely
clear: there are upgrade instructions for upgrading to 1.12, and there are
general instructions for upgrade/repair. Please follow the former since they
are specific to the case where the storage backend changed (as in 1.12). The
other generic instructions are also OK but your wiki will experience a short
time during update when queries will return incomplete results.
In general, the special instructions for some release are always to be
preferred over the generic "repair" instructions. The INSTALL in future
versions will clarify this better.
* The initial file release used the old store as the default setting. This is
fixed now (in all places where SMW1.2 is found). The only file that changed
is SMW_Settings.php . If you upgraded/installed already, you should update
that file (or just download again all files, if preferred) and follow the
instructions for install/upgrade again.
It is good to see that SMW 1.12 now experiences much more testing than the
development version. If further problems occur, we will release a proper
follow-up SMW 1.12.1 to solve them. So please let us (or the list) know about
any troubles you encounter.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
On Donnerstag, 10. Juli 2008, Markus Krötzsch wrote:
> [Apologies for cross-posting]
> Hi all,
> we are happy to announce that Semantic MediaWiki 1.2 has just been released
> (get it via  or ). A list of new features and upgrade instructions is
> provided online . Please be sure to read the upgrade instructions before
> updating an existing wiki!
> The main new features, as announced earlier on this list, are:
> * New SMW storage backend (faster, better redirect support, OR in queries)
> * vCard export for query results
> * Improved semantic query syntax and processing (#show, property chains)
> * Support for custom sortkeys
> * Stored queries on Concept: pages (aka "dynamic categories" aka OWL
> classes) * Automated updates (update wiki when proprerties or templates
> changed) * Other: improved maintenance scripts, bugfixes, more translations
> Important parts of the online documentation  have already been updated
> to the new version. The new documentation also includes an extended
> explanation of many query features, and separate pages for the available
> query printers.
> Have fun,
>  Download: https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=147937
>  SVN tag:
>i/REL_1_2  http://semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:SMW_1.2
>  http://semantic-mediawiki.org
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