I heard an Angel singing
When the day was springing,
“Mercy, Pity, Peace
Is the world’s release.”
— William Blake I Heard an Angel
Creating a software release is an incredibly important step in your software development process, and not one that should left to the last minute. It requires discipline and planning.
Many times I have run into silly, perfectly avoidable problems that were caused by a lackadaisical approach to the construction of software releases.
Most of these were caused by the sloppy habit of creating a “release” from a local working directory, rather than from a clean checkout. (Hint: this is not a real software release, it’s a “build” of your code, you need a lot more process and diligence to create a proper release.)