Changelogs

02 February 2014

When releasing updates to an application always provide changelogs to let the user know what’s changed.

While the art of providing the right amount of information is hard, some application providers do set a pretty bad example - one being particular awful is Apple. Most of the changelogs provided by Apple often doesn’t say much more than “minor changes and bug fixes” - and their precedence has set a bad example which developers in the iOS and Apple Apps stores seem to follow.

The changelog should be a guide to the user making them aware what has change. The user should be able to use this to identify and be aware application changes.

Balancing the information level to a level where it generally useful without being too excessive and detailed is a balance, but just providing a generic statement as Apple often does is surely too little and often a user might be better of without the non-information provided in to generic statements.