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Shipping things -- For Real This Time

18 Sep 2016

When I wrote last week’s post, I was dogfooding a release candidate for IRC Idler alpha 1. I stumbled across a couple things that needed fixing, so I postponed the release until I could fix those, which I did during the week. Yesterday I called it ready, and sent an announcement to the sandstorm-dev mailing list.

Last week I said it was gratifying to actually ship something for once, but composing that email I was mostly just nervous as heck. I’m asking people to try something that I know is half-baked. I’ve never really done this before, and I keep second guessing myself: am I doing this too early? Should I get it to be more stable/less embarrassing before bothering people with it?

If it were really solid and polished it wouldn’t be an alpha, and I put a pretty good number of disclaimers in the email, but it didn’t stop me from worrying. I’m not super proud of the state of the code, but it works and it’s useful.

Anyway, if folks out there want to be guinea pigs, the download links, instructions and whatnot are in the email.