V6 is here, what's next?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 by Sebastiaan Janssen

Shadow _version _gt 11We hope you're enjoying Umbraco 6 as much as the other 1200+(!) people who have already installed it in less than a week's time!

So, what are we up to next? If you've been paying attention to our release page then you might have noticed some updates recently.

First a reminder of the fact that we're using SemVer for our version numbers, and will be able to adhere to the guidelines of that specification much better now that v6 is out. A short reminder of what Major, Minor and Patch means:

A version number is built out of 3 digits, x.y.z, where x is the Major, y is the Minor and y is the Patch version number.

Let me list them for you:

  • Patch releases are now listed seperately.
    • A patch release ONLY contains bug fixes, no significant new features and certainly no breaking changes.
    • After listening to all you had to say on the subject it was pretty clear that a monthly release cycle for patches was preferred, which is what I have put in the calendar.
    • Patch versions will not automatically be released when all of the issues are fixed, we will keep pulling in issues when they make sense and release according to the schedule.
    • However, if a serious bug arises, we will do a release of the patch version as soon as possible and reset the calendar to do another release 4 weeks after that.
  • We're still doing patch releases for v4, so if you're not ready to upgrade to 6 yet, we've still got your back.
  • The release cycle of Minor versions has slowed down to doing one every 8 weeks, instead of 4 weeks.
  • In true SemVer fashion, we'll not be allowing breaking changes in Patch and Minor releases (so no breaking changes until 7.0.0) - this is rather easy to detect when we're changing public method names and signatures, but sometimes can be really hard to see when there are behavioral changes. While we do test our changes, we really appreciate feedback from the community in finding things we might have overlooked.
  • The main new features in 6.1.0 for now are a new Member API, Child Action Macros and better control over your routing but we're still coordinating about the other things that will fit into that version, so keep an eye on the release page for updates.
  • v7.0.0 will be virtually identical to v6.0.0 but it will feature the brand new interface dubbed "Belle". It's our intention to have v6 and v7 share as identical codebases as possible and over the next months we'll know how well that will turn out in practice.
  • Releases are now planned for Thursdays and not Fridays.


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So that's where we stand right now. The last thing I would like to mention is that with 1200+ installs of 6.0.0 we've seen very few big bugs, which is something that makes us proud and shows that taking a few weeks of extra time to perfect the release was absolutely the right decision! 

Thanks for all of you who have already tried v6 out and for the people who haven't: what are you waiting for?! ;-)







10 comment(s) for “V6 is here, what's next?”

  1. Gravatar ImageKristian Schneider Says:

    Massive effort from the community. Looking forward to get hands dirty with it.

  2. Gravatar ImageMike Says:

    Is Umbraco v6 stabil and secure?
    Can Umbraco v6 be installed on a productive environment, e.g. on Microsoft Server 2008?

  3. Gravatar ImageAsbjørn Says:

    Good job on v6, it is a joy to work with - though I'm looking forward to 6.1 with more of the new API.
    I can't wait for Belle, though. Umbraco's back-end UI is looking a bit dated. V7 is going to be great!

  4. Gravatar ImageBarry Fogarty Says:

    Good work team! Would be great to see some new documentation and video tutorials on Umbraco v6 and MVC - is there anything in the pipeline?

  5. Gravatar ImagePhill Says:

    Keep up the great work. That said I found bug in less than 5 min of playing with v6 so will be staying away from it for a while. If I can find a bug that quickly there must be more of them. I'm relatively new to Umbraco having only deployed 2 sites. If someone could point to official process of reporting bugs would be great, I posted it in forums under bugs but fear that it will be ignored or missed.
    Note: Issue I found was rename a document/node, then go to sort the nodes and old name still appears in the sorting window.

  6. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    Hey Phill, well that's embarrassing, but bugs happen and you must admit this one is pretty well hidden. :-)

    Bugs can be reported at http://issues.umbraco.org/ but I've added this one for you http://issues.umbraco.org/issue/U4-1676

  7. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    Barry we're working on the relaunch of Umbraco TV with new episodes soon. Documentation will also keep coming in, and hopefully the Umbraco MVC masterclass will also come to the UK in the near future.

  8. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    @Mike yes we're considering it stable, it's secure as ever and it IS a final release so it can be used for production.

  9. Gravatar ImageGordon Saxby Says:

    Where do I find a summary of what v6 is all about?

  10. Gravatar ImageJeffrey valeroso Says:

    Hey it seems that some existing features are not working ex, member section search, member type, member creation and modification etc.have you checked that out?

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