Project name: TinyMCE
Date founded/started: 2004
Project page: http://SourceForge.net/projects/tinymce
Description of project:
Why and how did you get started?
I am not exactly sure when we put the first files up on SourceForge, but the 1.0 release of TinyMCE was 2004-03-11, and I think it got up on SourceForge shortly after that. We started on TinyMCE because at that time there were really no good alternatives, so I guess you could say we started building it cause we needed it, same as with our other products. We use these tools as part of our toolbox when we do consulting work.
Who is the software’s intended audience?
Our main audience is other developers either already involved in content management projects/systems, or thinking about creating their own. In terms of companies, the range is broad, from small to the absolute largest there is.
What are a couple of notable examples of how people are using your software?
The most common use is that they have a content management system and want to improve the document editing part, so they add TinyMCE and get rich text editing and a lot of features.
What are the system requirements for your software, and what do people need to know about getting it set up and running?
What gave you an indication that your project was becoming successful?
When we started getting all kinds of support and feature requests, and clients that want to pay for adding features to TinyMCE, as well as the massive amount of traffic generated on SourceForge and our Web site.
What has been your biggest surprise?
This was our first open source project [so] all of it has been a surprise, and it really lifted our company to new heights. It is hard to believe something free can generate so much for a company.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Keeping everything in order — we have seen many open source projects get out of hand with bloaty software. We have always taken a step back, looked at the big picture, and evaluated new features against performance and other aspects of the software.
Why do you think your project has been so well received?
We have always had a high quality of code, few bugs, and a fairly decent release rate. Keeping one step ahead of the competition doesn’t hurt either.
What advice would you give to a project that’s just starting out?
Stick with it. It took quite some time before the word got out about our product, it doesn’t happen overnight. More importantly, develop the software and features you need, so even if it doesn’t take off in the open source world, you still have a good solid product to use for yourself.
Where do you see your project going?
Browsers are evolving quite a lot now. First of all, we see that we can improve performance and perhaps a few features here and there [but] nothing major planned at the moment. We did a rewrite of the code base not too long ago, so we are still perfecting that rewrite somewhat.
What’s on your project wish list?
The best award you get as a software programmer is seeing others using your software to its limits. There are still a lot of features in TinyMCE that people are missing and we have excellent API documentation. Although we have seen a few implementations that have been spectacular, more should look into the code and capabilities of TinyMCE.
What are you most proud of?
To be able to compete with the commercial variants. When people email us and say they switched from some other editor (commercial) to TinyMCE, it makes us proud. Free and better.
If you could change something about the project, what would it be?
How do you coordinate the project?
Spocke is the main developer of TinyMCE, he keeps track of bugs and feature requests through SourceForge mainly. We use massive amounts of unit testing to combat regression problems in different browsers.
How many hours a month do you and/or your team devote to the project?
It varies, but if you include anything related to TinyMCE such as the file and image manager plugins, it is probably 70% to 80% of our total time dedicated to TinyMCE.
What is your development environment like?
|2008-01-30||The 3.0 Release of TinyMCE, major rewrite of the entire engine and interface|
|2007-05-15||Major rewrite of the MCImageManager and MCFileManager|
|2006-12-31||WordPress 2.0 shipped with TinyMCE editor|
|2005-05-24||First public Release of MCImageManager and MCFileManager|
|2004-12-xx||Mambo included the TinyMCE editor|
|2004-03-11||First release of TinyMCE, 1.0|
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