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Jason asked on 27 Oct 2014, 07:56 PM
Are the SP releases more stable than the new feature releases?

For example, the pattern I see with Telerik AJAX is a new feature release (i.e. Q2), followed a month or 2 later with a SP (service pack) release (i.e. Q2 SP1).  When I look at the patch notes, I notice that the SP are almost all bug fixes, whereas the new feature releases are about an event mix of new features and bug fixes.  Am I correct to assume the SP releases are about fixing bugs - therefore more stable / less headaches for developers?  Or are SP releases just as stable as new feature releases?

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Marin Bratanov
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answered on 28 Oct 2014, 12:27 PM

Hi Jason,

It is the purpose of a service pack to fix issue found in the official release. Thus, for service packs we primarily fix bugs, while major releases also contain new features and controls. In all cases we try to keep the suite stable and fix as many problems as possible, but it is simply impossible to anticipate and test the myriad of possible scenarios when creating a new feature. In this sense, perhaps you can consider service pack releases more stable simply because they contain a number of bug fixes that the previous release did not. This is also valid for any release, however, a major release would be considered more stable than the previous major release.


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Marin Bratanov
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