By Barbara Corwin on Dec 05, 2008
Someone wondered this week on a mailing list what's up with developer tools work. Coincidentally, my program managers and I are working on a roadmap to post on opensolaris.org.
The original roadmap posted when we launched was focused on milestones related to getting the site and the community started, and for quite a while, progress on the website itself was slow at best because my team had cycles to pretty much only try to keep things running. Now that staffing has shifted, forward movement is happening, and we need to outline changes coming to the site and provide associated information useful to the developer community.
So we're creating a roadmap that outlines the work going on in my group: Open Development Infrastructure, opensolaris.org Platform Development, Content plans, etc. The roadmap will likely point to associated projects on the site that will contain more detail and information about how people can get involved.
In the meantime, a snapshot:
- A new version of the SCM Console was made available last month after iterating on versions of it with people on the SCM Migration Project and in the Website community for a couple of months. Many thanks to all of you who tried it out and provided input. Stay tuned for the next phase.
- We're trying to get a test version of the new membership management application and XWiki support out this month so people can start helping us test the first set of that functionality.
- Michelle Olson continues to evolve the front page and general content pages on the site to improve the user experience. Again, thanks to those of you in the website community who iterate about changes.
- We are regrouping on the topic of Open Development Infrastructure because this arena is multi-faceted and very complicated.
- We are, in fact, taking ownership of the bugs.opensolaris.org application so we can make enhancements to it. Unfortunately, like many other areas of work we own, the invisible infrastructure work needed to take ownership and get it running on our machines will have to happen before we can start making most of the enhancements.
With a roadmap in place in January, we're hoping to enable people to better watch the areas in which they are interested and get involved in those areas as well.