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New “Release Early” Policy

I’ve always waited until many new features and bug fixes were done to then release a new version of txt2tags. The more changes, the better.

But experience show me that preparing big releases is a time consuming task, and it takes even longer when the period between versions becomes large. Since the latest version 2.3 was released 13 months ago, you can imagine how scared I am :)

We need change and we need it fast, Joey said.

Starting today, besides de KISS Principle, the program will also follow the “Release Early, Release Often” Principle. Minor releases will now be part of the project.

And when I said now, I mean --now! See next post.


5 years of txt2tags

At July 26, 2001 the txt2tags version 0.1 was released.

It had six targets (txt, html, sgml, pm6, mgp, moin), command line was the only interface (with just one option -t), a few supported structures and marks, no translations, poor documentation, a dozen users, 461 lines of code.

Today its code is 10 times bigger, we have many options and features, translations to 10+ languages, extensive documentation, a great world-wide user base and a nice team of contributors.

I’m happy to notice that even getting this far, txt2tags continues to honor its very first and most important goal: be simple. The markup keeps being easy and minimalist. The advanced features are available if you need them, but aren’t required for the daily use.

The program also entered on a mature stage. The latest version was released about a year ago and no important bugs were found on this period. In this case, no news is good news :)

But wait, news are coming soon. Hold your breath for the next posts.

Thanks everybody for your support on my little project for all these years. Let’s hope in 2011 I can write a post called “10 years and we’re still here” :)

Blog? Blog.

Hi there.

This is the new place to stay in touch with the latest news about the txt2tags project. Releases, files, documents, translations, site updates.

The good old do-it-yourself news/RSS by hand worked until today, but using a Blog system like WordPress, we get some advantages:

  • Feeds (RSS) with HTML code. The old “by hand” was text-only.
  • Automatic feeds for: whole blog, each category, each post, all comments, comments by post.
  • Permanent (readable) URL for each post, important to keep things organized and easy to find.
  • Multiple categories (tags) to mark each post, so you can monitor just want interests you.
  • And more.

Talking about feeds, subscribe to the txt2tags blog now!

But my favorite feature is having comments for each post. Now everybody can talk and contribute, changing the monologue to a nice conversation.

It’s up and running. Enjoy!

Note: Here are the older news, just in case.