Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Interested in testing or influencing development?

There are a few different ways in which you could get involved in this project if you're interested.

The easiest is just by reading this blog and chipping in with a few comments here and there.

I'm also going to build some mailing lists, so please drop me an email if you'd like to get involved in any of the following ways:

  • Top level design team - reading through the specification for the app, contributing brain power to solving the big problems and specifying unit tests.
  • Coding team - writing classes to unit test for the main app.
  • Plug-in team - creating swfs to add functionality using the plug-in APIs.
  • Graphic design team - determining how this thing should look.
  • Language team - drawing up xml files for AS3 / AS2 etc.
  • Unit-testing team - testing parts of the app (obviously we'll do as much as possible with automated unit tests, but sometimes you really do need a human to bash things!)
  • Alpha-testing team - testing the first usable release of the app.
  • Beta-testing team - does what it says on the tin.

I know this kind of project is potentially a bit daunting, but if you feel like there is a particular task that you'd be interested in, let me know.  Maybe you've already got some experience that might be useful - perhaps you're a regex junkie who'd relish the prospect of churning through AS3 files to strip out the data required for reverse generation of models?  Or perhaps you're just really good at breaking stuff, and would be an ideal candidate for the unit-testing team :)

Maybe you're up to your neck in actual work but would like to read through the proposals to make sure we're building something that meets your needs as well as our own?

Don't be shy ...

[edit : It's been suggested that we put the project up on - a really good idea, but when I tried to do it I found that the sign up page has the following message : 

New project signups are currently on hold as we transition to an automatic system. The old manual system just isn’t working out as neither John nor I (Aral) have time to go through the submissions and that’s not fair for you guys. 

If anyone has another suggestion please let me know, otherwise I'll stick to the blog for now and set up a svn repository as soon as it's going to be useful. ]

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