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Author:  DontTazeMe [ Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:34 pm ]
Post subject:  how much time do you spend on this

If you had to guess, how many hours do you think you spend over the last 12 months on uberstudent?

Author:  Stephen Ewen [ Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: how much time do you spend on this

The level of labor is very much tied to the release cycle. It works like this:

Let's take UberStudent 3.0 as phase-point. In April 2013, I began making UberStudent 3.0. That entails a whole lot, and a whole lot of labor--writing code, doing artwork, building packages, making test builds, and repeating that process until I am happy with everything and am confident to make a release. This is very much the most labor intensive phase. It lasted two months with version 3.0 and three months with version 4.0. I'll easily devote 40 hours per week to UberStudent during this phase, plus sometimes an entire weekend: from when I get up to when I go to sleep.

Then, despite my best efforts to make sure everything is just right before making a release, I'll inevitably have to fix some things as people report them to me or as I discover them myself. So I make fixes, almost always within 24 hours and almost always usually less, of the issue coming to my attention. This means figuring out how to make fixes, writing code for them, building new versions of packages that contain the fixes, and adding them in to the repository so that updates apply the fixes. This phase is also labor intensive, but not as much as the first phase. I'd guess 18-20 hours per week.

Then comes the stable phase. Much fewer issues are reported, and if they are, they are usually related to getting odd hardware to work. And new versions of programs get released, so I have to test them, build packages for them, and release them in to the repository. Still, labor again lessens during this phase, and can be a little as 10 hours per week. I breath a lot, spend more time with my wife and children, and may take on extra duties at my regular full-time job.

Finally comes the end-of-life-phase--the release is slated to be replaced. I begin researching a lot for things like any major upstream bug issues I need to know about, new programs, dying programs, improved programs, etc. More than anything, I build up my emotional reserves during this time because the whole cycle is about to repeat and soon I am again going to be devoting some very long hours to UberStudent for a season.

Author:  Abby M [ Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: how much time do you spend on this

Simply WOW!!!!

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