Dev call July 13th, 2011

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Miro status

Will:

  • figured out gtk dll issues and continued working on upgrading the Windows dependencies

Paul:

  • worked on auto-fill code; ui is mostly there, but still working on the functionality

Geoffrey:

  • worked on usability issues
  • worked on improvements to sharing

Jonas:

  • worked on WinSparkle integration

Janet:

  • worked on regression tests; adding new ones; augmenting existing ones
  • worked on update testing

Ben:

  • worked on hybrid view mode; pushed the branch to g.p.o.; it's sort of a proof-of-concept right now but looking good

Kaz:

  • worked on metadata extraction and storage

Order of business:

  • filename type overhaul: We should override FilenameType and PlatformFilenameType so they throw errors when used. That'll make it easier to find issues.
  • Jonas is working on getting Miro to use WinSparkle, so we talked about how we use Sparkle on OSX and how we get the appcast file and move the data around to make it happy in Sparkle. We also talked about how to tweak the installer so that Miro passes to winsparkle which kicks off the installer and shuts down Miro. Then the installer shows a progress bar and kicks off the new Miro.
  • Miro is developed by a community of people including you! If you can't contribute your time and work to development, testing, and translations, please consider contributing funding by donating. Your money goes directly to ongoing development of Miro and related projects like Miro Community and Universal Subtitles. See http://pculture.org/about/ for more details on these projects.
  • Did you know there's a Miro User Manual? If you haven't looked at it yet, it's worth taking a look at. You can find it at http://manual.getmiro.com/ .

Bugzilla stats for Miro for the last week:

  • 19 bugs/feature-requests created
  • 2 bugs marked DUPLICATE
  • 7 bugs marked FIXED
  • 1 bugs marked WONTFIX
  • 1 bugs marked INCOMPLETE

Dev call July 6th, 2011

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Note

I was on vacation and missed the last couple of dev calls, thus there aren't any notes.

Miro status

  • 4.1 roadmap
  • We pushed out Miro 4.0.2.
  • We're now working on Miro 4.1.

Kaz:

  • Working on metadata stuff.

Geoffrey:

  • Working on 4.1 things. Merged in osx binary kit updates.

Ben:

  • Released 4.0.2.
  • Working on 4.1 things; working on hybrid view.

Paul:

  • Working on 4.1 tickets related to device syncing/support issues.

Janet:

  • Adding tests to our automated test suites.

Will:

  • Undid the single-package work I did for Ubuntu packaging.
  • Working on Windows overhaul.

Jonas:

  • Working on winsparkle support for Miro on Windows.

Order of business:

  • Talked about the things we want to refactor during this dev cycle. We can't refactor everything, so we talked about what's in the refactoring queue that affect things we're already working on for 4.1 and working on those.
    • (Will) move infoupdater stuff from widgets to portable
    • (Ben) 13182: filename unicode handling * switch all internal stuff to unicode strings. * rename unicode_to_filename method which sucks.
    • (Ben) 17498: itemlist filtering
    • (Kaz) 16783: refactoring widgetstatestore
  • We need to figure out a better way to test translations for bogosity. We need to balance fragility of whatever it is we do with usefulness and effort it takes to implement/maintain. Janet will think about this.
  • Miro is developed by a community of people including you! If you can't contribute your time and work to development, testing, and translations, please consider contributing funding by donating. Your money goes directly to ongoing development of Miro and related projects like Miro Community and Universal Subtitles. See http://pculture.org/about/ for more details on these projects.
  • Did you know there's a Miro User Manual? If you haven't looked at it yet, it's worth taking a look at. You can find it at http://manual.getmiro.com/ .

Bugzilla stats for Miro for the last week:

  • 30 bugs/feature-requests created
  • 1 bugs marked WORKSFORME
  • 13 bugs marked INVALID
  • 9 bugs marked DUPLICATE
  • 2 bugs marked WONTFIX
  • 13 bugs marked FIXED
  • 1 bugs marked INCOMPLETE

Miro 4.0.2 released!

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A couple of days ago while I was on vacation, the team finished up the changes for Miro 4.0.2.

There was a problem with the original 4.0.2 builds for people who were running Miro for the first time which we fixed yesterday. Thus, I re-tagged v4.0.2 and built a new set of 4.0.2 builds. The new set are identical to the old set except that the new set doesn't have the first time startup bug and it also has updated translations.

If you have the original Miro 4.0.2 and Miro starts up, then you don't need to "upgrade" to the new Miro 4.0.2 build.

If you don't know which version of Miro 4.0.2 you have, launch Miro, go to Help -> About in the menu and if the sha is e1cafdd1 (the v4.0.2 tag) or be096d8e (the rev in the Miro-4.0 branch that the v4.0.2 tag points to), then you've got the most recent v4.0.2.

Here are the md5 sums for the correct 4.0.2 builds:

8521a85eefbbe4d43e7d92d227249505  Miro-4.0.2.dmg
4d789791279be3dc4951e64aeae06be2  Miro-4.0.2.exe
8d32421082220579c1ee8f26a0032007  miro-4.0.2.tar.gz

Additionally, I pushed out packages for Ubuntu Lucid, Maverick and Natty about an hour ago.

See the release notes:

https://develop.participatoryculture.org/index.php/4.0ReleaseNotes

Download at:

http://getmiro.com/

For the most part, the team is now working on various projects that will land in Miro 4.1 or future releases. We have no plans to do a 4.0.3, but will do so if the need presents itself.

To see what we're working on, see the Miro 4.1 roadmap:

http://bugzilla.pculture.org/roadmap.cgi?product=Miro&target=4.1

Dev call June 15th, 2011

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Miro status

  • 4.0.2 roadmap
  • 4.1 roadmap
  • we're going to keep working on Miro 4.0.2 for another week or two
  • we're starting work on Miro 4.1

Ben:

  • Worked on problematic bugs for 4.0.2.
  • Hoping to have an RC on Thursday or Friday.

Janet:

  • Working on regression tests and testing bug fixes that have been going in over the last couple of weeks.

Will:

  • Moving along on the Windows overhaul. Took a step back to make sure I had all my ducks in a row in regards to knowing exactly the situation I'm in and what the options are.
  • Spent some time looking at issues people were having.

Paul:

  • On vacation last week.
  • Worked on speed issues with device support.
  • Worked on Miro Community bits.

Geoffrey:

  • Worked on issues for 4.0.2.

Kaz:

  • Worked on support for MusicBrainz/EchoNest.

Jonas:

  • Worked on gzip support for feeds.
  • Worked on some other things for 4.0.2.

Order of business:

  • Talked about the 4.0.2 timeline.
  • Talked about specifics of some issues people were having.
  • Talked about MusicBrainz/EchoNest support.
  • Miro is developed by a community of people including you! If you can't contribute your time and work to development, testing, and translations, please consider contributing funding by donating. Your money goes directly to ongoing development of Miro and related projects like Miro Community and Universal Subtitles. See http://pculture.org/about/ for more details on these projects.
  • Did you know there's a Miro User Manual? If you haven't looked at it yet, it's worth taking a look at. You can find it at http://manual.getmiro.com/ .

Bugzilla stats for Miro for the last week:

  • 58 bugs/feature-requests created
  • 3 bugs marked WORKSFORME
  • 1 bugs marked INVALID
  • 7 bugs marked DUPLICATE
  • 2 bugs marked WONTFIX
  • 25 bugs marked FIXED

Dev call June 8th, 2011

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Miro status

  • 4.0.2 roadmap
  • 4.1 roadmap
  • we're going to keep working on Miro 4.0.2 for another week or two
  • we're starting work on Miro 4.1

Ben:

  • 4.0.2 is going pretty well. There are still a few blockers, but most things are in a nearly done state.

Jonas:

  • worked on improvements to sidebar and continuous playback support.
  • worked on gzip/deflate support for feeds
  • going to switch to 4.1 development

Geoffrey:

  • worked on fixing a series of nits for 4.0.2

Kaz:

  • worked on unit tests for metadata

Janet:

  • worked on 4.0.2 testing
  • continuing to work on regression testing and updating test systems

Will:

  • finished Miro User Manual updates
  • almost done overhauling our Ubuntu packaging to make it easier to be easier to deal with
  • sent Steven a contributor assignment form
  • started working on the overhaul of Miro on Windows

Order of business:

  • 4.0.2: Fix anything important, but this is probably our last point release for the 4 series. We're pretty close to having blockers finished.
  • 4.1: We have a lot of clean-up work that we want to do, but probably can only work through some of it for 4.1. So we talked about doing theme-focused clean-up similar to what we've done on previous releases and clean up things related to things we're working on.
  • Miro is developed by a community of people including you! If you can't contribute your time and work to development, testing, and translations, please consider contributing funding by donating. Your money goes directly to ongoing development of Miro and related projects like Miro Community and Universal Subtitles. See http://pculture.org/about/ for more details on these projects.
  • Did you know there's a Miro User Manual? If you haven't looked at it yet, it's worth taking a look at. You can find it at http://manual.getmiro.com/ .

Bugzilla stats for Miro for the last week:

  • 58 bugs/feature-requests created
  • 4 bugs marked WORKSFORME
  • 1 bugs marked INVALID
  • 2 bugs marked ---
  • 8 bugs marked DUPLICATE
  • 5 bugs marked WONTFIX
  • 19 bugs marked FIXED

Dev call June 1st, 2011

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Miro status

  • roadmap
  • we're going to release Miro 4.0.1.1 in the next day or two to fix bug #17539
  • we're going to release Miro 4.0.2 on June 6th
  • we're going to continue working on some minor issues for a 4.0.3 at some point
  • we're also going to start work on Miro 4.1, but that hasn't been planned out, yet

Janet:

  • tested Universal Subtitles
  • worked on sikuli automated tests for Miro on Windows
  • working on other ways to have more comprehensive testing with Miro on Windows

Ben:

  • fixed some issues with 4.0.1
  • managing 4.0.2

Will:

  • tracking downloads (147K downloads)
  • built the ubuntu packages --- had problems with some issues
  • working on updating the manual
  • fixed a few bugs for 4.0.2

Paul:

  • worked on Miro Community, Miro Guide and Miro stuff

Kaz:

  • wrote some unit tests
  • worked on some encoding issues

Jonas:

  • worked on continuous playback options
  • added an option for default list view

Order of business:

  • Talked about bug #17593. We're going to do 4.0.1.1 just for Windows with that one fix.
  • Going to do a 4.0.2 really soon.
  • Bumping a few things to 4.0.3 and then everything else gets bumped to 4.1.
  • Miro is developed by a community of people including you! If you can't contribute your time and work to development, testing, and translations, please consider contributing funding by donating. Your money goes directly to ongoing development of Miro and related projects like Miro Community and Universal Subtitles. See http://pculture.org/about/ for more details on these projects.
  • Did you know there's a Miro User Manual? If you haven't looked at it yet, it's worth taking a look at. You can find it at http://manual.getmiro.com/ .

Bugzilla stats for Miro for the last week:

  • 70 bugs/feature-requests created
  • 4 bugs marked WORKSFORME
  • 1 bugs marked INVALID
  • 9 bugs marked DUPLICATE
  • 5 bugs marked WONTFIX
  • 22 bugs marked FIXED
  • 4 bugs marked INCOMPLETE

Miro 4 released!

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I tagged Miro v4.0 yesterday and did the final set of builds for source, Windows and OSX. It was a pretty monumental moment for me.

I think we started working on 4.0 back in October, though it might have been earlier. The feature set for 4.0 was really aggressive and we added a few new people to the Miro dev team. Also, I became a new dad in November.

The dev cycle was intense all the way through. I was pretty much working all available hours for the last few months or so including nights and weekends.

Now Miro 4 is released. Also, my baby is 6 months old. It's arguable which of these two monumentally life-changing events took more time, energy and patience. I honestly feel like a father of both projects.

In my queue of things left to do:

  1. finish updating the Miro user manual
  2. create builds for Ubuntu Lucid, Maverick, and Natty

I'll be working on those over the next few days.

We've already started working on a Miro 4.0.1 to address issues with 4.0 that were either impossible for us to get good data on or were things we had to defer in order to hit the May 23rd release date. I think the plan is to push 4.0.1 in a couple of weeks.

If you have problems, either write up a bug report or send me an email (willkg at bluesock dot org) with the specifics of your problem. I'll try to respond in a day or two.

Miro 4.0 release candidate 2 released!

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On May 20th, we released Miro 4.0 rc2. This has a few known issues, but we've fixed a ton of stuff since rc1. We're 2 days away from tagging a final build. Please upgrade to rc2 and help us test it out.

Specifically, we need your help testing:

  • using Miro to sync media between Miro and your Android device
  • using Miro to stream through DAAP to other DAAP clients on your network
  • Miro on Windows

Miro 4.0 rc2 builds are located on the nightlies page in the Sticky Files section.

Note that this is not a final release release! There are still some problems and tweaks we're working on.

Also, we really need help with translations. If you know multiple languages, please help us translate. On Launchpad, there's a Miro section for translations.

Also, if you help with testing and translation, please let me know so I can gleefully add you to the credits where you rightfully belong!

If you haven't helped before, now is a good chance to jump in and make your mark! Only 2 days left!

Miro 4.0: now with swedish chef!

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A while back, Ned Batchelder wrote about poxx.py which he wrote that generates a completely translated .po file to help find strings in his apps that weren't being translated.

We on the Miro dev team had a similar need. Additionally, we have the problem where in some languages, the translated string is longer than the English version and that creates some sizing issues in the ui code.

I took Ned's poxx.py, fixed some issues I had with it, then rewrote the transform to do something reminiscent of what the Swedish Chef would say. The transform has the following properties:

  1. the output is vaguely readable
  2. the output is longer than the input which helps us find ui issues
  3. the output is clearly distinguished from English which helps us find strings that aren't getting translated
  4. the output is mildly amusing which is sometimes important in dark times

I threw it together in an hour. It's not a beautiful transform and it doesn't add any "bork bork bork". I might tweak it some rainy day.

It's in our git repository here:

https://git.participatoryculture.org/miro/tree/tv/resources/locale/poxx.py

It'll also be in Miro 4.0. You can choose the Swedish Chef language in the language dropdown in the Preferences dialog. It's "swch" and it'll be towards the bottom.

Also, skimming the comments of Ned's entry, there's another tool that does this:

http://translate.sourceforge.net/wiki/toolkit/podebug

Dev call May 18th, 2011

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Miro 4.0 status

  • roadmap
  • we're working on rc2 today
  • we're hoping to release on May 23rd

Ben:

  • 6 bugs, some of them pretty icky, some should block and some shouldn't

Kaz:

  • 4 bugs, 3 hours of work or so

Geoffrey:

  • 1 bug, waiting for more information, shouldn't block an rc2
  • working on OSX Lion support, looks like it might be fine without too many issues

Jonas:

  • 1 bug, but it shouldn't block rc2

Will:

  • 0 bugs, working on Miro User Manual updates and end-of-dev cycle stuff, will pick up P1 bugs as needed

Paul:

  • 0 bugs, will pick up P1 bugs as needed
  • working on MiroGuide stuff

Order of business:

  • rc2 today
  • Miro is developed by a community of people including you! If you can't contribute your time and work to development, testing, and translations, please consider contributing funding by donating. Your money goes directly to ongoing development of Miro and related projects like Miro Community and Universal Subtitles. See http://pculture.org/about/ for more details on these projects.
  • Did you know there's a Miro User Manual? If you haven't looked at it yet, it's worth taking a look at. You can find it at http://manual.getmiro.com/ .

Bugzilla stats for Miro for the last week:

  • 113 bugs/feature-requests created
  • 10 bugs marked WORKSFORME
  • 5 bugs marked INVALID
  • 4 bugs marked DUPLICATE
  • 1 bugs marked WONTFIX
  • 74 bugs marked FIXED
  • 1 bugs marked INCOMPLETE