Codingfish Roadmap 2012
Before I start to give you an outlook for 2012 I would like to show you what I'm currently doing.
1) Joomla! extension development:
I'm the developer of the 3 Joomla! extensions Discussions, Marketplace and Primezilla. This means 3 components plus a few supporting modules. Because of the major changes between J1.5 and J1.6/1.7 I'm currently maintaining 2 versions for each of my extensions. That's a lot of stuff to write and test for each release.
2) Ruby on Rails:
I'm also doing some Ruby on Rails development. As my first bigger project in Ruby on Rails I'm setting up the social network fuldany.de (german language) for my hometown Fulda. Its called "Fuldany", derived from Fulda, Germany.
3) Mobile devices:
I started to write apps for my Joomla! extensions and my new project Fuldany. First there will be Android apps followed by Windows Phone apps.
4) Freelance projects:
Yeah, even I need some money :-) Sometimes I'm working on projects which are offered to me. This can be everything. Developing software, writing documentation or specification and so on.
5) Community Management:
I'm running the online community italobikes.com (for friends of italian motorcycles). That means I have to deal with everything around community management, software, marketing and so on.
A very big chunk is 1) Joomla! extension development so I developed a plan to reduce my work here:
I will stop development for Joomla! 1.5 completely. From now on. There will be no new Codingfish extensions for Joomla! 1.5 anymore. J1.5 is close to end of live and J2.5 is already around the corner so I will focus on Joomla! 2.5 from now on.
Primezilla (private messaging) will be discontinued as a standalone extension. The next version of Discussions (1.5) will have the functionality of Primezilla built in. I'm already working on this. Expect Discussions 1.5 with the "Messages" feature short after the release of Joomla! 2.5 GA. If you use Marketplace with Primezilla you will be able to choose either to use the new Discussions Messages or the still existing Primezilla.
Discussions and Marketplace will be merged. There will be one big "Community" extension with all the features of Discussions, Marketplace and Primezilla plus a bit more. Stay tuned ;-) This new extension will get a new name which is not decided yet.
Long story short. At the end I will have one Joomla! extension and a supporting app for mobile devices. That will save me a lot of time cause I will only have to maintain one repository for my Joomla! code. Feel free to comment here or on Facebook, Twitter or Google+