Fang Talks

Burbit

Within a day of releasing my first piece of open source software, it’s already been proven incomplete.

The thing I made fails to take something into account which can result in a jumpy, stuttery game if that’s not accounted for. So I have presented an incomplete solution. Luckily, due to the nature of open source software, someone saw this and told me about it. Sadly, due to the nature of open source software, I feel obligated to fix it. And I should, I guess? But on bigger projects, that can be an issue.

On bigger projects, with more users, there’s more issues and more frequent discovery of those issues. You’ll get messages, emails, phone calls in the middle of the night telling you “hey your thing doesn’t work in my very specific setup”. And that’s hard. It’s still your project, you want it to be something good. But somewhere you have to draw the line, because you can’t fix everything.

There’s always something to fix, but you don’t always have the time or will for it. Luckily, you’re not obligated to do anything.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 01/03/2016 (12:21 AM)

    I don’t know anything about software, but I understand what you’re going through because it seems like nothing I do on my site can be seen in the same way by everyone. Or anyone. It seems like if 5 people look at my little site, they see 5 different things.

    • 01/03/2016 (10:03 AM)

      Ah, the joys of web development. Not everyone’s using the same browser, not every browser adheres to the same standards in the same way. It’s quite the clusterfuck, honestly.

  • 29/02/2016 (7:20 PM)

    I used to be a QA software tester. Every time the developers released something and felt super confident about it, I pissed on their parade and showed them just how broken and incomplete it was. BUT… it was all necessary to get the best possible product out there. So hopefully those e-mails and phone calls are full of helpful feedback and not, “Hey dumbass, you didn’t even bother to…”

    (Also, just FYI, I haven’t yet had time to add you via NNID. Haven’t even been on. I have a job I’m working on that’s got an intense deadline, but I’m hoping to have it finished soon. Then… Le Smash)

    • 29/02/2016 (10:45 PM)

      Pfft, he has a job. Hey everyone, look at this guy with his purposeful lifestyle and steady income!
      (Also a sincere fuck you but thank you for software testing.)

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