Tuesday, October 14, 2003

My Kind of Warranty

Over on the ruby-talk mailing list, why the lucky stiff just announced a new version of the Syck library (it reads and writes the excellent YAML format). In his announcement, he includes a warranty and a disclaimer:

  • Some of this code is still beta software and here’s my disclaimer as far as that goes: I’m not going to say “Use at your own risk” because I don’t want this library to be risky. If you trip on something, I’ll share the liability by repairing things as quickly as I can. Your responsibility is to report the inadequacies.

That, my friends, is what a warranty should be.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Tangled Up In Packing Tape

It’s been a busy couple of months here as we prepare to launch our new book-printing imprint, The Pragmatic Bookshelf. We spent the year writing the first two books, Pragmatic Version Control andPragmatic Unit Testing. The interesting part was what happened next.