Monthly Archives: March 2012

Status FileSender 1.5, 30 March 2012

FileSender 1.5-beta-2 has been delayed due to factors outside of our control.  The new planned release date has been set to 15 April.

We do appear to make good progress on automating the client-side testing with Selenium.  Go Wendy!

 

Status FileSender 1.5, 13 March 2012

A short status update after todays conference call with Chris, Xander and myself.  No major dramas were uncovered during the last week.

The past week we worked to fix bug ticket 641  (multi-tab session management) but that turned out to involve so many code changes we decided to not let this delay release of version 1.5, and rather issue an update later this year.  For those of you providing FileSender services: the issue is also present in older FileSender versions.  It’s a corner case that pops up when a guest user uploads multiple files in multiple tabs in the same browser.

We went through the remaining issues and believe we’re on track for releasing beta2 next week.  If you want to help us, please test that version.  The fixes planned after beta2 are mostly cosmetic so if anything serious is waiting to be uncovered, we need to uncover it now.

Status FileSender 1.5, 6 March 2012, beta-2 planned

In today’s conference call  Chris, Xander and myself went through open bugs and beta-planning.  We plan to release  FileSender 1.5-beta2 in the week of 19 March.

Aside from a number of smaller improvements, beta-2 is expected to provide:

  • all localised content folded into one language file
  • improved upgradability by re-arranging “distribution-files” and “local overrides”
  • improved upload robustness by taking care of multi-tab upload session management

Planning of the security audit is well underway: a statement of work  is done, and we’re awaiting the quote.  The audit is expected to take place early April.

Based on our current assessment of code quality we expect the path to the 1.5 release to be:

  • beta-2
  • beta-3
  • RC1 (release candidate)
  • Release

Please note a security audit might necessitate work resulting in a slightly different release schedule.  Our most current planning is always available on the release schedule.

Lastly, we’ve decided to set up a separate Assembla space to manage maintenance of language files.  We have a different tool in mind for the longer term (Transifex) but that’ll require some time to integrate with our processes and code.

Please direct any questions to the filesender-dev list or to one of the project leads.

FileSender Usability and Interaction Design Review, February & March 2012

The FileSender project regularly engages or receives offers to conduct external audits, reviews and prototypes. These assist the project in systematically working towards its goals. One of the latest is a usability and interaction design review of the FileSender 1.5-beta1 release, which is being conducted by members of the User Experience team in eSolutions at Monash University in Australia. This review utilises user scenarios collaboratively developed with a member of the FileSender core development team (Wendy Mason). Visit the review page on the FileSender website for more information, which includes a link to the user scenarios document, and to which we will add findings from the review after the final report has been delivered.

We also encourage you to regularly visit the NEW Reviews and prototypes wikipage, for details of some other external audits, reviews and prototypes which have been / are planned to be conducted!