[EpiData-list] Upcoming updated software versions next week

EpiData development and support epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Fri Aug 12 12:58:46 CDT 2016

About a month ago users experienced unexpected problems with the most 
recently uploaded public version. The problems were basically very grave 
and would not allow various aspects of core functionality, e.g. working 
with value labels.

Due to the documented problems we have now implemented a new test 
principle for EpiData Manager and EntryClient, which will be followed 
before public release. The tests are structured in a spreadsheet format 
and performed by local staff here in Denmark (public health students).

Based on the tests performed we have found un-disclosed errors, which is 
a "proof of concept" of the idea to pre-test thoroughly before public 
release. In contrast to relying on unstructured testing.

Early next week we will therefore release new versions for production 
use and also the spreadsheet, which documents what we do test before 

For coming releases I therefore suggest that users assist in the 
testing. You may then receive pre-release copies of the software, such 
that the overall testing can be thorough. Recent experience has shown 
that some combinations of operating system versions and types (32/64bit) 
etc have given problems that we have no possibility of neither catching 
or solving without the help of some of you.

In short therefore: be prepared to download new production versions of 
EntryClient and Manager next week.


Jens Lauritsen
EpiData Association

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