Oh how I just needed it! The good thing about having vacations in the second half of September is that you can make summer last a bit longer. The weather in the entire southern Europe was much more rainy than usually at this time, but it was still much, much better than in Poland. The result is that I came back very well tanned and obviously relaxed and full of energy. The city of Laganas located on the Zakynthos island was indeed a very nice place. I wouldn't recommend it if you prefer peaceful and quiet places, especially with all that young Englishmen having access to all-inclusive alcoholic drinks ;), but I personally don't mind it. As always I uploaded a few photos to the photo gallery.
Just after returning, a few hours before the deadline, I made the final submission of WebIssues to the Qt Center Programming Contest. I want to make the final release of version 0.9.3 as soon as possible and immediately start working on the next version; there are a few cool ideas to put into life. Autumn and winter somehow make me more motivated to work on various things and to look for new opportunities, so I think that by the end of the year a lot of things may still go well.
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...
After almost 7 month of development, the first official version of WebIssues is almost done. It will be released about September 20th. The website of the project - webissues.mimec.org - is now under construction; more information will be available in a few days.
What can I say - after putting so much work into it, I'm very anxious what you will say about the program and what will be its future. I hope you will find it interesting and useful.
You can also notice that I made a face lifting of all mimec.org web sites. The new graphical style is... uhm, quite original, but I personally like it. There is also some new stuff available - I updated my biography and published a few photos in the gallery.