[TxMt] Re: TM2
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Fri May 28 13:58:28 UTC 2010
On 29 Apr 2010, at 22:28, Tim Harper wrote:
> […] Things have been awfully quiet about TM2 for the last several
> months. You've claimed you are still working on it, but I've just
> about lost hope. There are no signs to reinforce my faith that TM2
> will ever become a reality.
This is understandable, and while I do feel bad about the situation
overall, I dislike speaking about 2.0 — it’s a mix of many things,
some I have previously mentioned, like not wanting to talk about a
product which is partly just my wishful thinking of what I want the
end product to be, another is that my motivation and optimism is
anything but constant, sometimes I think that if I work really hard
for two months, I have enough to release an alpha, yet there tend to
be some stumbling block, something I estimated to just a day’s work
(or didn’t consider at all) end up taking the two full months, so it
seems I have made no progress at all after those two months (sometimes
it may even go backwards because structural changes disable certain
features), and someone will then ask about that alpha I was so
optimistic about, which will make me think it is all hopeless…
So while the situation does bother me, I am content with people
thinking 2.0 is vaporware and may never happen, because I don’t want
to do posts of the day/week/month, as these will just be a reflection
of my mood that day, which is anything but constant.
Pretty much everything I’ve said about 2.0, I have later regret. I
wish I would have had the foresight to hire someone to have continued
working on 1.x so I could quietly work on 2.0 — one may argue that
this is not too late, but there is a better chance of me open sourcing
2.0 than going back to 1.x. 2.0 currently has bad performance, lacks a
lot of surface polish, has very few features people expect 2.0 to
have, but it is a very solid code base which has good abstractions,
most of the hard work has been done, and is geared heavily toward many
years of future improvements/extensions/features.
So… 2.0 could go alpha but would go through same mocking and ridicule
that 1.0 went through — with the letter I got from Aaron Swartz, it is
something I am considering, but it will be pretty hard on me, and
double-so because there are so many obvious shortcomings but I am
still working from my own roadmap, so I wouldn’t really want any
feedback, I mean, it’s like if you build a house, you don’t want
strangers to come by and tell you that you need to put in a missing
window while you are busy nailing the floor — so alpha release would
solely be for users, but for most users 1.5 is probably still the
better choice, but I will re-evaluate when the stories for the next
three iterations have been completed (Pivotal Tracker speak), as these
are the most glaring defects.
> […] I can't help but wonder if your promise of "free upgrades" has
> blasted a crater in your motivation to work on TM2. Is there a
> possibility of this, Allan?
Free upgrade surely was a mistake ;) But I tend to find motivation in
other things than money, so it hasn’t really affected the timeline.
> * State that TM3 will be released with those features, and will be a
> upgrade for everyone.
It will probably have to be the 2.1 release which will have to make up
for the money I left on the table with that “free 2.0” promise ;)
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