On Mon, 16 Dec 2002 12:00 pm, David LeBlanc wrote:
> I'm almost sorry about the sarcasm in this mail, but I've just lost all my
> work in Boa _again_ and I feel like sharing the "joy"! Boa has promise -
> what it delivers currently is FRUSTRATION!!!
Boa is a 0.1.4 version release! It rates itself as ALPHA status software on
the sourceforge page. Boa is *going* to have bugs. It could even delete all
your files and crash your system. Alpha software is always run at your own
risk. (Actually, this is true of most software, read the EULA's of pretty
much anything.) If Boa claimed too be stable (or even late Beta) then your
comments _might_ be justified. But under the circumstances I think they are
Having worked on a few very small projects myself, I know how important
encouraging feedback from users is. Constructive critisism is fine - venting
your frustrations publically just because an alpha producted caused you to
loose your work does little to help the cause.
As with most open-source projects, if you don't like something, you at least
have the option of doing something about it and perhaps even fixing it.
Don't like the fact that the wxWindows docs and wxPython docs are out of date,
incorrect or non-existant? Well, you could always download all the source
code, learn it, understand it, and write the docs so that no-one else has to
go through the sorrow that you have.
Don't like the way that Boa does something. Change it and submit patches.
Your other options are:
a) Pay someone to make the changes you want, or
b) Use some other software (possibly commercial software).
Google shows Wing IDE, which is only US$35 for the Lite version, or $149-$179
for the standard version. Perhaps that is what you need?
For a completely different solution, if you really want a (free) open-source
IDE and have an interest in Java, then have a look at NetBeans. Looks very
mature. It even has some support for Jython.
As a last resort, you could always ask Riaan for your money back. I'm sure
Personally, I have nothing but admiration for people like Riaan, and I only
hope that I can contribute as much to the open-source community as time goes
by. Keep up the good work Riaan.
Canberra, Australia (UTC +10 hrs)