29 Dec 2002 raph   » (Master)

Fitz

I just got my first PPM file rendered from the new Fitz prototype. One of the nice things about this go-round is that I'm doing Python bindings for everything. I'm finding Python to be a very nice environment, especially for things like testing.

It's feeling very close to ready to put into the CVS repo. I'm also starting to feel ready to ramp up the public process. Especially with the clean Python bindings, I expect that there may be lots of involvement.

I'm definitely feeling daunted, though. There are lots and lots of things that need doing, over and above getting good rendering going. Documentation, language bindings, Ghostscript plumbing, porting, that sort of thing. Even within rendering, there are many different priorities. Should it be complete first, or very good at the common case first? My inclination is the former, but the desires of the free software community probably lie toward the latter.

In any case, I'll be reaching out to people who have expressed interest in Fitz over the next few days. I want the process to be very open, but there is one requirement: you must sign a copyright assignment form. This seems to me like a reasonable balance between commercial viability and getting cool code released as free software (Fitz is GPL plus dual commercial licensing), but hardcore purists might be dissuaded by it. Ah well.

Life

The kids had a nice Christmas, with plenty of toys, and then a big family dinner at Grampa's.

I'm definitely struggling with time management. Part of the problem is that my sleep schedule is out of whack again. I seem to need at least 10 hours of sleep or so, which really cuts into my productive time. I have a lot of things I'd like to do, so I'm becoming determined to get a little more discipline, and use the time I have most effectively.

That means a little less time to play with proofs and other blue-sky things, but I'm fine with that. I do plan on keeping on going with this diary, though. Among other things, I find that the times that I'm most prolific here tend to coincide with times I'm most productive with work. So deliberately holding back my urge to write doesn't seem like a good idea.

I'm very happy that the days are getting longer again, at least in theory. You can't really see it yet, though. Right now, it's rainstorming pretty heavily. Even so, I know it will get brighter, and that's something.

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