Update on v2.0 from Clarity

Oct 23, 2008 at 5:33 PM
Edited Oct 23, 2008 at 5:50 PM
We've got a few people between projects, so we're going to resume work on version 2.0. No timeline yet, but we're going to concentrate on resolving bugs in the Release Candidate before considering any new features.

Also, some background because a lot of people have asked about the status.

To date, “breaking change” has been the bar for high priority releases. The 1.6 release in January ’08 fixed a breaking change in the underlying API, and the 1.7 release in June ’08 addressed changes to the Facebook layout. Based on feedback in the discussion folders, I believe both releases accomplished their goals, and you can develop against the current Facebook profile with the 1.7 release. We'd love to attain feature parity with the Facebook API (which is a bit of a moving target), but, to date, we've targeted "core" features. The 2.0 release is a redesign aimed at simplifying future support. It includes some new features and eases development around Applications and Authentication. But, it doesn’t hit the “breaking change” bar, and, as such, it’s a lower priority for us. If it's a high priority for you or your business, please contribute to the project!

We intentionally created the project as open source with the least restrictive domain license so, in the event we were unable to support or extend the Toolkit, users would have access to the source. You’re free to make changes, and we encourage developers to contribute.

Clarity does a lot of developer community-focused events/projects, and we’re certainly proud of the Toolkit’s success. But, we’re not a software vendor. We’re a consulting firm. We do most of the Facebook Toolkit development and support “pro bono” and, generally, in addition to – and not in place of - our “regular” consulting work. Microsoft funded a portion of the initial Toolkit development and portions of the 1.7 release, but we’ve funded all other releases and support including the 2.0 Release Candidate. Because of this, work on the Toolkit often takes a backseat to consulting work.

Jeff

Jeff Smith
CEO Clarity Consulting, Inc.
Oct 23, 2008 at 5:42 PM
Jeff,
 This is great and welcome news!
 I'm sure we all look forward to an updated toolkit.
 Thanks for giving us a heads up.

Chris
Oct 23, 2008 at 6:16 PM
Thank you for making it clear Jeff!
Oct 23, 2008 at 8:15 PM
Thanks Jeff.

For those of us who might be playing with the idea of joining the effort, is there documentation on how the toolkit works or development guidelines? Or what features need to be built, upgraded, cut, etc?