Call for developers: Alexandria project

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Joseph Method, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. The Alexandria project (http://alexandria.rubyforge.org/), a project
    to develop a book-and-other-media management application written in
    Ruby for Gnome, is undergoing a minor renaissance after going dormant
    for a while. Halted at version 6.1 since mid-2005, the project is
    seeking to take the currently unstable repository code and release a
    stable version 6.2 suitable for inclusion in major distributions. After
    this release, the assembled development team will pursue ambitious plans
    to increase the utility and visibility of Alexandria, with the ultimate
    goal of default inclusion in major distributions. Some ideas that have
    been discussed:

    * integration with deskbar-applet/beagle.
    * integration with OpenOffice for bibliography management.
    * network-shareable book libraries (similar to iTunes DAAP)
    * ability to access public library borrowing systems.
    * new client/server architecture
    * social/collaborative book rating/suggestion

    Alexandria is an excellent example of a well-designed, fully-conceived
    Ruby-Gnome2 application (thanks to the great work of Laurent Sansonetti and
    others) that has the potential to match and surpass other closed-source
    applications in this application niche, and to become a showcase product
    for Linux/Gnome and Ruby-Gnome2.

    The project currently needs Ruby developers of all shapes and stripes.
    We welcome any short-term assistance to help us bugfix for the 6.2 release,
    and any assistance and design input for the future.

    In addition, there is a sub-project leadership position for anyone who
    would like to resurrect the (already mostly implemented) RubyCocoa MacOS port
    of Alexandria.

    A first step if you are interested in helping is to introduce yourself
    on the mailing list:
    http://rubyforge.org/mailman/listinfo/alexandria-list

    --
    -J. Method
     
    Joseph Method, Jan 20, 2007
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