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  • Resolved Andrea Sciamanna


    Hi everyone,

    When I look as an alpha, beta or RC version of WP, I see that it always contains a usually big number.

    For instance, current trunk version of WP is 4.4-alpha-33643.

    Now, in a compiled language (e.g. Java, C# or whatever) this number may represent the build number.

    But in PHP you don’t actually build anything.

    What is that number?
    How is generated?

    I must admit that I’m looking for something similar to use in my development, especially when publicly releasing a non final version, but I never found a decent way, except than manually increasing this number.

    I suspect that one of the possible answer to my question is that the core team runs the code through some CI software/service and on every iteration that pass all checks and tests, you increase that number and add it (automatically? how?) to the version.php, but this is just a blind guess šŸ™‚


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