This specification describes a set of rules and requirements that dictate how each version identifier must be bumped and and assigned to releases, in a way that communicates the kind of modifications that were done to a versioned artifact.
A minimal version identifier takes the form
GRADE.MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH and is
bumped by incrementing:
- The Grade Number, when any disruptive modifications are released.
- The Major Number, when any backwards-incompatible modifications are released.
- The Minor Number, when any backwards-compatible alterations are released.
- The Patch Number, when only backwards-compatible corrections are released.
Optional Metadata containing additional information associated to the release or
the build take the respective forms
and can be appended to a minimal version identifier.
The Pragmatic Versioning specification is authored by Guillermo Calvo.
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