a) If the ISPDB is live and serving customers by the time you're done w/
the course thanks to your efforts, I will do my best to convince the
Powers That Be that that should be rewarded. I think you probably need
more bugs filed for that to be a realistic goal, but if I were you I'd
argue hard for that -- you'll feel a whole lot of reward if you actually
help make software that's going to help millions of people next year
move forward significantly.
b) From my experience as a student on group projects, if I were you, I
would not want a single grade for everyone. It's too demotivating for
people who are working hard, and too easy for coasters. I'd at least
allow a percentage for individual effort, and a a percentage for group
Right, we're here talking about putting up a web site which a lot of
people would then submit data to. So, things that are forefront in my mind:
a) some confidence that the webapp works as designed (test coverage)
b) some confidence that the data can be migrated to a new schema when we
decide the data model was wrong.
c) no bad links, words that make sense, etc.
> 2. How do we get there? I'm not sure about my team members, but I feel
> like I'm only seeing a small part of the big picture. ISPDB is only a
> fraction of TB3, so working only on ISPDB makes it difficult to see
> the difference between "yak-shaving" and making progress towards the
> goal. Currently I rely on the bugs being filed because they are the
> only indicator I have as to what needs to be done.
Yeah, I get you. However, you can think of ISPDB as a completely
standalone project, of which TB3 is just the first customer. Is it a
website that you could tell your geekier friends at school that they
should use so that other students at the same school can get Thunderbird
> 3. What can I do to gain a larger view of the project? How can I step
> back far enough to see how ISPDB will fit into the big picture? Can I
> run TB3 and see how it might interact with ISPDB? Should I start
> reading the TB3 mailing lists?
Download TB3 nightlies
and create a new account -- that first dialog that asks for your name &
passwords talks to the currently static version of the ISPDB. What
we're talking about is a way to let people populate that web service
with thousands more configurations. Helps?
> Not sure if any of these questions can be answered but any advice
> would help. I really would like to get it done but I'm having
> difficulties seeing what needs doing.
hopefully this helps.
traveling for the next 9 days, but will try to answer emails.