[sword-devel] Discussion ideas
Thu, 07 Jun 2001 06:31:09 +0800
> Most of the communication is done on this newsgroup.
> As an opensource project, 'direction' is a hard thing to define
> sometimes. I stated my goals for the next release (1.5.2): compression
> and STEP support. We're release 1.5.2 within the next few days, God
> willing, and we have added partial STEP support, UTF-8/Unicode support,
> made SWMgr a little easier to use, changes the API to compile on without
> RTTI info (for WinCE) and other changes for VC++ compile.
I understand that direction is a hard thing to define in an open source
project. As a newcomer to the open source development model, I am a bit
skeptical on how things get done. Trust me it is nothing personal against
Sword, I just wonder how things get done in the Bazaar type development
model. I am willing to learn, if you can be patient with me. :)
I have read portions of Eric Raymond's book "The Cathedral and Bazaar" and I
understand that most development occurs because people are scratching an
itch that they have. That concept makes sense, but how does a project mature
if everyone has their own itches to scratch? How does such a model not
collapse under selfishness and pride. Isn't there some structure. Isn't that
what sourceforge helps to create in an open source project? Maybe I am
> Things kindof get driven (at least my plate) by immediate needs of other
> people doing their own thing with the API.
What do you mean?
> Really the way to get involved is quite different than a commercial
> workplace. I would suggest finding an area that really interests you,
> and go forward with it. Post messages stating your intentions, get
> everyone's feedback, and go for it, whether it be a small addition to
> the API engine that you see lacking, or an entirely new frontend for a
> platform we don't support yet. If you'd like more direction, maybe join
> some of the other efforts, like bibletime, gnomesword, etc.
I agree with you there, I have done that in the past here and I plan on
continuing to do just that. I have a lot of fun ideas for the new prototype
GUI once we get it going. The new GUI has really inspired me, to the point I
am abandoning the ReadingPlanner project I am working on, in hopes to
inteligently integrate it and some of my new ideas into the new GUI. I see
some really great potential with the concept of desktops. That is why I want
to stick to the Win32 front end. Your stuck with me Troy :) God willing, I
plan on helping see the Win32 front end move forward and really flourish.
Once I get some of my ideas conceptualized better I will post my intentions
and see what becomes of them.
> With encouragement,
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