Andy Hertzfeld and I will be making a presentation on Chandler on Thursday, April 24, at 3:45 P.M., at the upcoming O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in Santa Clara. This will be the first public demo of what the OSAF team has been working on. I expect that the conference will be heavy weblogged, so you should be able to get a sense of the goings on wherever you are. In addition, the OSAF team will be present at the conference for a Birds of a Feather session on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 P.M. This will be a chance to meet the team and interact informally.
What we'll be showing is the 0.1 release of Chandler. Our internal 0.03 release of this past week has virtually the entire (limited) feature set of 0.1 with the exception of a couple of cool features we are trying to get ready for the demo.
At the same time as the O'Reilly conference, we will begin to make the source code available for download via anonymous CVS. Before anyone gets too excited, though, please pay attention to the following caveats.
This is the first time we've done this. Making the source code of this release has been serving as a forcing function for OSAF as an organization to go to the next level as an open source project. The actual functionality in this release, compared with what will be in the 1.0 version, is minimal. There will be pieces of a calendar and contact manager to play with but no email, and certainly nothing anyone would use on a regular basis.
Since we are all mortified at the prospect of embarrassing ourselves in public, we are trying to make sure that what is out there is real code we can be proud of.
I've been referring to Chandler 0.1 as our "ultrasound" release: the fetus won't be viable outside the womb, but if you look closely you can see tiny arms and legs waving around and you can believe it's going to turn into a real baby eventually. With 0.1, we will also open up our bugzilla database and accept bug reports and submissions of patches per guidelines which will come with the release.
With 0.1 there is a significant amount of scaffolding in place which makes it possible to write "viewer parcels" for displaying views of Chandler data, e.g. calendars and contacts. We will providing documentation and samples for developers to write their own sample viewer parcels. For more details, please refer to the description of the release on our web site.
In my next entry, I will be writing about the documentation we will be providing along with the release.Posted by email@example.com at March 29, 2003 01:20 PM