I write from the train back to Oxford towards the end of the second day
of our hackfest, and I'm very excited about what we've achieved. It
probably doesn't look like much from the casual observer, since it's
been entirely been unglamarous bugfixing, rather than enhancements, but
I believe we've gone a long way towards escaping from the endless stream
of dull bugs to fix. Aside from the obvious benefit of having fewer
bugs, being able to clear the air (and the bugtracking system) will
allow us to refocus on further development.
What we've done is looked at every single outstanding bug (defect in
trac parlance) in OpenGuides and discussed what needs to happen with it
around the table, and commented on the ticket. With a few exceptions,
we've then assigned the bug to someone with an agreed path towards
fixing the bug. Some of those bugs have now been resolved, and some of
them are still pending fixes.
You can see the latter at
We hope to repeat the hackfest sometime before YAPC::Europe, with a
view to ironing out any remaining bugs, and reviewing all the many
enhancement requests (you can see those at
Stay tuned for more details about the next hackfest.
Thanks must go to Kake for organising and hosting the hackfest. The
format seemed to work really well and we managed to stay "on-topic"
(bugfixing). Thanks also to those new faces who've helped bring a fresh
outlook to the project (andrewb, ilmari, pfig, and klur) and of course
to everyone else, for their contributions.
I plan to make a new release of OpenGuides (and probably Wiki::Toolkit)
in around a week's time, to push out all the fixes. I'll prod people who
have assigned tickets at that stage, so that I don't miss out any work
that is soon to appear.
That's all for now, as my interchange station is fast approaching and
there's still nearly a whole cup of tea to drink.
All the best,
Dominic Hargreaves | http://www.larted.org.uk/~dom/
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