What Does Dribbleware Mean?

In IT slang, the term “dribbleware” refers to software packages or products that are vulnerable to many little releases, updates and patches. The idea is that rather than having a “clean release,” the release process is like an ongoing dribble of related updates and versions that customers have to deal with.


Techopedia Explains Dribbleware

A situation where people call the software dribbleware might happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes the product was poorly designed or not engineered well at the time of release. Sometimes it was rushed to market. Other times the company just lacks the concerted talent and brainpower to design something that does not have to be tweaked and fixed later. The term dribbleware also relates to the evolution of modern design processes such as agile software design and DevOps, which posits a combination of development and operations – these processes are supposed to help with issues related to clean software releases.


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