Given a version number
PATCH, increment the:
MAJORversion when you make incompatible changes.
MINORversion when you add functionality in a backwards-compatible manner,
PATCHversion when you make backwards-compatible bug fixes.
Additional labels for pre-release and build metadata are available as extensions to the
These labels will be taken from the GDS development process stages, and will be one of:
Discovery: A Feasibility study. A 'No code' development. Designed to find out what users are trying to achieve, any constraints, improvement opportunities
Alpha: Develop prototypes and test with users. Could be minimal functionality and potentially prototypes for any options to determine which is best
Private Beta: Working version and test with invited users. Handle real transactions and work at scale. ‘Invite only’ or regional. Must Pass assessment by business and technical SME’s
Public Beta: All users can participate. Version unlikely to change substantially, but still needs further testing by a wider group of implementors before becoming live
Live: The live phase is about supporting the service in a sustainable way, and continuing to iterate and make improvements
Retiring: Implementors notified that the service is discontinued and not to be used for new developments