The mimec.org website was officially opened two years ago. Just like last year, it's a good opportunity to summarize the past 12 months. It's also a very good time to do that. Most of this year was just a long period of stagnation and struggling against everything. But it was worth it, because now the results are coming, sometimes in very unexpected ways, and it's the first time for a long time I can't really complain about anything :).
Looking back this year doesn't really look that bad. Two great holidays at the Polish see and in Turkey. A lot of new friends, surprisingly, both at work and in private life. Still not what I'd really want, but at least it's going in the right direction. Two concerts where I met interesting people. Quite a few music parties, and it looks like they're going to be continued even though everything indicated otherwise. Not only I got the driving license, but I also finally bought a car, which is a really huge improvement both in comfort and time saving.
At work I got quite a good raise and became a project manager, at least in theory. In practice that means I have to do everything from coding and testing to communicating with the clients in three different projects, but hey, at least I'm not bored anymore :). There have been some indications recently that I might be getting some profits from my open source activities, which is encouraging, but it's too distant to even mention it now. Anyway, I haven't lost my enthusiasm for doing it and I will certainly try to continue all my three projects as far as possible. Even my recent retreat from using Linux and switching almost completely to Windows didn't change my point of view for it.
And to finish this longish post, here come some numbers. The sites together had 60,000 visits in last 12 months, which is 2.4 times more than in the first year. Fraqtive had over 1000 downloads and WebIssues more than 2000. That may not sound impressive, but I think it's pretty fine for such niche programs. So my best regards to everyone who visited these sites and found something interesting or useful, and see you next year.
I added some new photos to the Gallery section from my holidays in Turkey. I must admit that it's a great country with a lot of beautiful places and very friendly people. I encourage everyone who hasn't been there yet to visit it. The first week I was traveling around the country and visiting various cities and locations. The second week I spent just swimming, sunbathing and feasting :). I had a great time and returned relaxed and full of energy.
As I promised, I'm going to finish the next release of WebIssues. Some new bugs were reported and a few quite useful features were requested, so I will probably release one more beta version. In the meantime I started working on a new project. Well, it's not completely new, but I had so much new ideas that I decided to design it completely from start. I will give some more details soon :).
Two days ago I was at the concert of Tool which was part of the Metal Hammer Festival in Katowice. It was their second concert I've been to, so I knew what to expect, but it still made an incredible impression. Why am I mentioning it? Besides the fact that I'm a big fan of their music, it was the first opportunity for a very long time to forget about my work, to meet and talk to interesting people and to rediscover various areas of life that I've almost forgotten.
Even though many things have changed for better recently, especially concerning my work, I'm still far from being satisfied with my life. And it occurred to me that the main reason is that I'm simply bored with things that take most of my time. I got a new project and it was quite an adventure, but now that it's reached a usable state I'm mostly doing project management tasks. And it's been more than year and a half that I've been working on WebIssues, with no longer break than a week or two. So even though I still have a lot of ideas, I feel that I must take a break and start doing something different.
WebIssues was meant to be something that people would actually use, and even though it's not widely known and doesn't have a lot of users, I think that goal was reached just enough to let it live on its own for some time. But the main reason I'm doing this is simply training my mind, not allowing me to forget the raw power of C++ in the "managed" world that live in and forcing me to think creatively rather than just following the customer's requirements. So now I would like to switch to a more conceptual project, something that I could simply enjoy when playing with.
There's no need to invent the wheel, two such projects already exist - Fraqtive and Descend. The former needs rewriting to Qt4 and improving the usability of the UI and seems like a good stepping-stone for a short time. The latter is still more like a contour of the idea, but it keeps appearing in my mind from time and whispering deceptively to bring my attention, so who knows. Well, while finishing the next release of WebIssues I will have some time to make up my mind.
One of the greatest traditions in Poland is the two national holidays on 1st and 3rd of May. Lots of people take vacation for the entire week and go to the mountains or to the seaside. I also couldn't miss the opportunity to leave my laptop at home and go to the opposite side of the country. It was my first holidays at the Baltic Sea and despite that the weather was a bit cold, I had a really great time. I came back with a lot of photos so I invite everyone to visit the updated gallery.
For this and a few other reasons, the release of WebIssues got delayed again. It's generally working already, but I want to finish a few more details and finally create at least a very basic user's manual. It's not one of my favorite tasks, but I've been already postponing it for too long. Anyways, no matter how much I will manage to do with it, the new version is coming this month for sure.
I finally got convinced to switch to the Qt 4 development framework. This is good news for Windows users, which will have a native version of WebIssues, and in the future perhaps also other applications. Linux users should be satisfied as well. At least I am :).
I already ported most of WebIssues code... well, at least to a "compilable" state. Making it work will take more time probably. Anyway, watch for version 0.9.0 which will include full support for both Linux and Windows, some new features and a manual. The first beta version should be released by the end of April; since then I will try to make new releases as often as possible until the application reaches the stable stage.
Not all of my plans went well and it's damn hard to take it all on myself. But I feel that the time for some really big thing is coming. Maybe that's because of the weather :). Recently I passed the exam for driving license, and I find that a sign that the worst is already behind me. Just a little bit more patience...