In January, I announced that PartKeepr will be maintained again. Since then, two months have passed and I have made some progress. However, don’t expect a new PartKeepr release too soon.
When I started PartKeepr development back in 2011, Symfony2 wasn’t around in a stable version, so I decided to develop PartKeepr solely using Doctrine2 and an own architeture. Over the past few years, that architecture has shown that it is too inflexible to continue development that way. So I decided to migrate PartKeepr to the Symfony2 ecosystem, in order to allow easier development and hopefully attract more developers. That migration is a very time-consuming work for me, as I also have to learn how to use the Symfony2 framework. At the same time, I decided that it is best to move to ExtJS5, which gives PartKeepr the benefit of being usable on mobile phones and tablets as well using a single frontend.
Earlier I had planned that a dedicated PartKeepr App for Android and iPhone would be a good idea; however, I’m currently not sure if that’s a really necessary step if the regular frontend can run on mobile devices. If you have feedback, I’m glad to hear about it.
You might ask yourself right now: “When can I expect a new release”? That’s a very good question and I do not have an answer for that. It might take 6 months or 2 years, I don’t really know. My personal time does not allow to maintain a stable branch and the new Symfony2 branch at the same time, so if you are willing to take over maintenance of the stable tree, please contact me so I can give you write access to the PartKeepr repository.
Also I have been playing with the thought of creating PartKeepr mailing lists. All communication right now takes place via the forums and IRC, but I feel that the forum is not an appropriate way for an Open Source project nowadays. Let me know what you think!
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