Zeitgeist Hackfest Reflections
Sitting here on my final day of the Zeitgeist hackfest. I really wanted to blog more, but I’ve been so busy hacking that I didn’t find the time. I hardly slept or ate either! I will follow up on this post with more technical details from the hackfest.
The stay here in Bolzano has been very nice. Fresh mountain air and very warm conditions compared to my usual Danish habitat. I want to give a warm thanks to our sponsors and organizers for making this possible, the whole arrangement has been run very smoothly and I don’t have a single thing to complain about. So big props go to sponsors:
And let us not forget the horde of local Bolzanites (what’s the correct term for people living in Bolzano again?) who helped us around the city and helped us at the CTS (our hacking venue). They showed an extraordinary display of patience and hospitality helping the flock of geeks around Thanks guys and girls!
As I mentioned in the first paragraph we’ve been extraordinarily busy hacking. More or less skipping lunch and supper, hacking until we collapsed from fatigue. I was working fully in the engine team and I really really wanted us to have the new engine in a working and unit-tested state after the hackfest (so we can give you a development release during the next week hopefully). I had a moment of despair in the middle of the week where bugs just continued to pop up and we had a hard time coming up with the right architecture. With a relentless effort from the entire engine team we pulled it through in the end though, and I am really happy about our new design and API. Perhaps I am just a tiny bit biased, but I really feel that our new design feels “just right”
The UI team where very busy as well and I saw lots of very cool stuff being hacked out. Let’s hope that they choose to share some of the bling with us I know as a matter of fact that they made huge progress on the Gnome Activity Journal and I can’t wait to have a release of this ready on top of the new engine.
That’s all for now, I intend to follow this post up with a more technical post later. Ciao!