Update 14/08/14: I’m working on fixing the stability issues in the beta for good, unfortunately this requires a major overhaul of the rendering pipeline with relation to threading.  This is due to a bug with core data and concurrency which doesn’t look like it will be fixed anytime soon.  I’m making a work around.

The project is still in progress, stability is the major hurdle before full release.

Didn’t get anything done the last three weeks, got a flu, followed by a throat infection, knocked me right out, couldn’t hold a clear thought in my head.  Better now but my sleep is all screwed up, hence writing this at four in the morning.

Will be getting back into things this week, plan to release a first purchasable version as the next milestone. 

As i near to the first release, it’s time to have a look at my stats again.

When I’m productive: seems Tuesdays are best for me, and I’m a bit of a night owl, working mostly in the afternoons to the early hours:

Commits per month : I suffered at the start of this year, I had a bug that had me tied up for a month or two, I also signed up for unemployment benefit, and dealing with the RAV sucked up my time, energy and motivation, but I’ve got back into the swing of things the last couple of months as I got used to their bureaucracy:

Current project size is 62,900 lines of code, it’s been growing a lot recently as I added a bunch of features, auto-update, embedded store (not yet visible in beta, but it’s there), syphon support and a video player (in next release) among other things:

Luzern is having a bit of a heatwave and i’m dying, i don’t cope well with heat

I’m currently updating the seriouscyrus Website, and have more plans for a new release of the Reality augmenter in a week or so.

I’ll be attending a German course for the next month so output may be a little slower.

Just finished finding all my old records on discogs, fans of 90s electronica, techno and drum and bass might find a few classics.

Is terribly frustrating, you can follow everything in the documentation, try it out, and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t tell you why, just a generic stupid message saying it can’t find the topic.

The beta is out and I’ve been getting some really useful feedback, now on the third version of the beta.  Still lot’s of features I want to add, but concentrating on having a solid base first.  A full version should be coming soon.

Part of that is doing documentation, and now I realise my web skills are terribly out of date.  I haven’t tried doing any basic web stuff since the nineties.  I’ve touched on certain backend areas at times for my previous jobs, but haven’t looked at basic html and web page layout in all that time.

When I had to do anything, I would have something existing to work worth that just need new content, or just had access to decent web authoring tools.  

My current web page was designed with iWeb.  However when starting the documentation, I could see it wasn’t going to cut it for this task, my web page isn’t as good as I’d like it to be either, but at least apples flair for template design makes it look neat.

Upshot is, I’m relearning basic web coding, CSS is new to me, of course I was aware of it, just never bothered to learn it.  Seems like a great tool so far.  

I thought starting with a basic document saved as web page in open office would be a good idea.  It wasn’t.  I took the html it put out and stripped everything from it, it would have been quicker to write it out from scratch now I realise what I should be doing. I’m really liking the way CSS can apply formatting consistently for multiple pages, This leaves the content reduced to very simple html code whereas I thought it would be more complex.  I hear frames are dead now, I don’t think I’ll miss them.

Finding an editor was tough, I tried eclipse, downloaded the web extensions, but it still seemed very primitive, I know eclipse is a powerful tool, It was my main tool at my old job, and maybe I expected the web tools to be as powerful as the extensions we used for our software.  Maybe it’s just a case of familiarity, probably I would do better with a paid plugin.

Anyway, as funds are tight, I’m currently using Brackets, which seems much better than eclipse for html and css, at least for my level. It looks tidy and code completion seems to work better than eclipse. I’ll see how it goes once I get a bit more advanced…

Run through of my beta, very basic features at the moment, but it’s a platform for great things to come.

Think that’s pretty much it, ready to for beta.  Going to sleep on it tonight and give it a look in the morning, but something should be available in the next couple of days.