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[aprssig] questions about the Bulletin Screen "billboard" concept

John Gorkos jgorkos at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 03:49:46 UTC 2011


Andrew-
   I'm glad you finally popped up on the list.  I was in such a rush to 
get to the airport after DCC that I misplaced your contact information 
(and my brand new TH-D72A).  Based on what little I saw at DCC, you're 
well on the right track for a cross-platform client.  I hope you make 
the decision to "go public" with your code.  There are a number of quite 
talented developers on this list that might just prove that "all of us 
are smarter than one of us."  I don't want to rush you or try to force 
you down a path you don't like, but what license are you considering 
releasing your client under?

John Gorkos
AB0OO
(the AVRS author, for better or worse...)

On 11/09/2011 10:40 PM, Andrew P. wrote:
> Hi, Georg.
>
> Thanks for the "encouraging words". :-) Good thing I've been a 
> professional software engineer for 30 years (!), so I've developed a 
> pretty tough hide regarding user complaints.
>
> Re: targets: I'm writing my app in Java, so it's very deliberately 
> "write once, test everywhere." :-) I've already successfully run the 
> same pre-alpha distro on Windows XP and Linux (Fedora Core dialects); 
> when I get it a little further along, I'm going to see if I can find a 
> Mac owner to try it, too. But I still have a bit of work to do 
> (currently 14 tasks to-do on my work list before I'm ready to send the 
> alpha release to Bob for evaluation, and one of those tasks is the 
> first draft of the user manual). Once Bob (and anyone else he 
> recommends) has had a chance to shoot holes in it, I'll be ready to 
> release it to the general ham public.
>
> I met the AVRS author at the ARRL/TAPR DCC this year, and he told me 
> about his library. I've been working on my application independently 
> since June. At this point, considering that this program started as a 
> training exercise in APRS system engineering, I'm probably going to 
> keep what I wrote myself for a while longer, until the app's internal 
> API's settle down a bit more. Doesn't mean I'm not going to look at 
> his AVRS stuff, and see if there is a good convergence point for his 
> library and mine.
>
> So, back to the hack. I'd like to have it out there before it's 
> completely obsolete. :-)
>
> Andrew KA2DDO
> Berwyn, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
>
>
> Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 12:58:18 +0100
> From: georg at op-co.de
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] questions about the Bulletin Screen "billboard" 
> concept
>
> * Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)<ldeffenb at homeside.to>  [2011-11-09 03:49]:
> >  >Looking forward to some good advice.
> >  Be ready to do it, and re-do it.  What platform are you targeting
> >  your application to if I may ask?
>
> In case it is Java based, maybe you can make use of (and contribute to)
> the APRS parser/encoder which is part of AVRS:
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/avrs/
>
> It would be great for the community as well as for the APRS standard to
> have a strong multi-platform library which can be plugged into own
> projects. Maybe together we can make that vision come true!
>
> >  And if you're planning to release it to the general amateur radio
> >  public, you should probably read G4ILO's excellent description of what
> >  you can expect from your user base:
> >
> >  http://blog.g4ilo.com/2010/10/advice-to-amateur-programmers.html
>
> However, you should not take the advice too serious. Most of the
> feedback I'm getting for APRSdroid is very positive. The only
> significant exception are people too impatient to wait for an APRS-IS
> passcode.
>
> 73 from Germany,
>
> Georg DO1GL
> -- 
> APRSdroid - Open Source APRS Position reporting and Mapping on Android
> http://aprsdroid.org/m  ++https://market.android.com/details?id=org.aprsdroid.app
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