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#165 Web access to nightly builds

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2010-03-25
2009-12-14
N J
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I just submitted my first bug report. I hope it's useful but I would have submitted a more relevant report if it was easy to check against the latest build of Jmol.

I suggest to set up a web page serving a selection of jmol example scripts, but updated with nightly builds from svn. If I'd found something like that, I'd have tested my bug against it. I think that it might make it a bit easier for newcomers to get involved in bug fixing and development, and so the investment would be paid back by attracting community over time.

I realize that I'm proposing a bit of effort on behalf of the Jmol devs, who probably don't need this for themselves, but it would be a cool showcase of the level of activity in the Jmol project.

Anyway, thanks for a great piece of software, and hope to see it prosper!

Discussion

  • N J
    N J
    2009-12-15

    Depends. I think it's really cool with examples of the very latest Jmol features. There's a few things I might want to add:

    1) Write explicitly that it's the latest build. How often is this updated? Nightly? (I can see that it's very fresh today at least, since the bug I reported yesterday is fixed, you're not wasting time!)

    2) Maybe a few more molecules for examples, so it's easy to check bugs in various parts of Jmol - for instance the molecule displayed will not exercise the crystallography routines or polyhedra generation etc. I can see that I can "load caffeine.xyz" and probably others, but if the other molecules were either displayed in separate applets, or the text described how to load them, more people would figure it out.

    3) Link to the page from any bug submission guidelines. You could also separate the bug testing page from the "cool new features" page, that would require more maintenance, but be less cluttered. A matter of taste I guess.

    Rock on, N.

     
  • Bob Hanson
    Bob Hanson
    2009-12-15

    It's mentioned at the top that you can get the latest in the zip file. What you do with that is pretty much up to you. I'll add links as you suggest.

     
  • Bob Hanson
    Bob Hanson
    2010-03-25

    • status: open --> closed