[sword-devel] Getting rid of BibleCS

Manfred Bergmann bergmannmd at web.de
Thu Feb 26 08:43:25 MST 2009

Am 26.02.2009 um 14:59 schrieb Eeli Kaikkonen:

> Quoting Karl Kleinpaste <karl at kleinpaste.org>:
>> Eeli Kaikkonen <eekaikko at mail.student.oulu.fi> writes:
>>> But if you allow me to go back to BibleTime - ...  At the moment
>>> we have less manpower than Xiphos have had for some time
>> To me, that's an extraordinary and peculiar claim, considering the
>> dearth of contributors (at least in SVN commits, other than in  
>> interface
>> translation and i18n-specific matters) until November.
> And I meant after November :) You have had many talented and eager  
> contributors since then. I guess you (Karl) couldn't have done it by  
> yourself. Now BibleTime has been blessed with contributions of Gary  
> and Greg, so the situation is much better than some time ago when I  
> worked almost alone with help of Martin. But even Greg started a  
> serious Windows porting work session only couple of days ago, so I  
> dare to say Xiphos have had a bit more manpower recently. Maybe this  
> is a subjective feeling - after all, I feel all the time that  
> BibleTime development have been too slow and I have have had too  
> little time to contribute. Probably everyone here feels that way in  
> their own work.

I do.

> What bugs me even more than lack of manpower for BibleTime right now  
> is the situation of MacSword. It's very important frontend, but how  
> many developers it has? Every Christian who uses Mac and who I know  
> has MacSword. It receives maybe most of the support requests in the  
> mailing list and forum. Yet it has near to one contributor as far as  
> I know - am I correct? I would rather direct new Mac developers to  
> MacSword than to BibleTime (except actual porting).

I did all there is alone for the last 3 years (except some help from  
Nathan on the Web age). MacSword 2 is almost able to go for beta which  
took almost all the time I had to spare for the last 8 months.
Lately I had someone (Hannes) who did some testing and gave good and  
valuable feedback on MacSword 2.

I think even though many people have Macs nowadays, very few do  
development on it. And then there is Objective-C and Interface Builder  
which are languages tools only available to Mac. That makes it more  
difficult for people coming to the Mac platform and wanting to  

> My hope is that the new Windows frontends will gain popularity  
> amongst potential developers so that first Xiphos and soon BibleTime  
> could help the whole CrossWire community that way.

That'd be great. Even though I did not really use BibleTime nor  
GnomeSword/Xiphos I'm looking forward to the new BibleTime version  
based on QT4(?).
I think it is also very good that Xiphos is available on Windows now.

Good bless all our efforts.


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