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A “Systems” Addendum To Semantic Versioning - Paul M. Jones

tl;dr: When using semantic versioning, consider not only changes to the public API, but also changes to system requirements. Semantic Versioning concentrates on the public API signature as the determiner of when to change version numbers. If the public API changes in a backwards-incompatible way, then you have bump the major version number. When I upgrade a dependency to a minor or patch version, I am hypothetically assured that the upgrade will be successfully completed, and that I will not have to change anything about my existing system or codebase.
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