16.6 Recommendations for using netCDF-4
Don't upgrade unless or until you need to upgrade.
- NetCDF-4 is an addition to the toolbox for scientific data management,
not a replacement for existing formats.
- Full backward compatibility will be maintained in
the C and Fortran APIs.
- Things won't break if you always upgrade to the latest version
- Changing output data to netCDF-4 is optional, but easy.