It's been quite a while since the last blog post, so I figured it's time to update the status of things and ensure that I'm still around and kicking.
What's going on currently is that I'm heavily overbooked with projects; the database project I took a while ago had some delays getting started (actual development started on 15th this month), and I'm also trying to get the entire project (originally only one sub-module of the project was planned for me), which can increase the development time from 4 weeks (+ 2 weeks testing) to up to 6-8 weeks. Naturally, the money increases proportionally, so it's a Good Thing.
, will rely heavily on those technologies.
Hydranode website is also one of the projects currently being open; the design is about 90% completed (made by our resident designer, Arlekin), but needs few more days to complete the design, plus couple days for implementing. Our current timeline suggests that there won't be any free time to finish it before end of next week; I hope I can get it online before end of July, but it's gonna be tough.
Arlekin is also flooding me already with smaller website projects, some of which may start as early as mid-august, all of which means that we're both heavily overbooked with work until end of August, possibly even half-way into September. Hydranode-related things are at the bottom of our priority lists right now simply because payd projects take priority (naturally).
And the question that's burning within the majority of the readers here - what about Hydranode code updates? Well, what can I say. The current plans for next release include installer [finished], better integration with OS features on Linux (associations, external links), import wizard for eMule/ShareAza/MLDonkey (missing ShareAza import module right now only, plus GUI), and some minor other updates. Estimated time of release is completely unknown right now however - as said, I don't expect to have much time for core development in August, so Hydranode release is pushed to somewhere in second half of September, at the earliest.
All of those thinking that the project is dead should think again. There are many projects out there that occasionally have on-and-off development, often for years, before taking off bigtime again. I spent two (!) years full-time developing Hydranode, so starting to proclaim the death of the project just after couple months of slowed / non-existant development is a bit harsh, don't you think?
PS: Hydranode is OSS project, but why aren't there any OSS developers jumping in to develop while I'm busy with other things? Is Hydranode codebase really so complex that nobody is interested in learning it, or is it because developers don't believe in Hydranode being something worth developing?