Updated May 2013: It’s been a long, long hiatus, but ObMimic is now available from www.openbrace.com
It’s been a long, long time since I last mentioned ObMimic, so an update seems necessary.
At the time I thought it wouldn’t take more than a couple of months or so to get everything ready and put up a public website, discussion forums, bug list, and everything we need internally to release and support ObMimic.
Well, here we are, well over a year later, and there’s still no public website or ObMimic release.
So it seems worth a quick post to explain that ObMimic isn’t dead; it isn’t forgotten; it has just been much delayed and postponed, and is still “on the way”.
Why this long delay?
Well, partly this is the usual story that everything takes much longer than expected, even after you’ve allowed for the fact that everything takes much longer than expected.
Partly it’s from needing longer than expected to handle all the bugs and kludges encountered in the many third-party applications, tools and services involved, and getting everything to work nicely together.
Partly it’s a deliberate decision to wait until everything is reasonably complete and reliable before going public, even if that causes delay, rather than rushing out a quick-and-nasty website with lots of problems (and leaving us with a backlog of work and ongoing firefighting).
But mainly it’s due to having been sucked into other commitments, and spending time on several other things in order to “keep afloat” in the meantime. Such distractions have always seemed like a bad idea, but over the last year or so they’ve been a necessary evil.
It’s not that we’ve not been working on it. It’s just that there are always so many things that need doing, and the months fly by at alarming speed. As Brooks says in The Mythical Man Month: “How does a project get to be a year late? … One day at a time.” (but as also quoted there, “Good cooking takes time. If you are made to wait, it is to serve you better, and to please you”).
Anyway, during all these delays I’ve been deliberately keeping a low profile, and have wanted to steer clear of talking much about ObMimic until I can be sure that it’s genuinely imminent.
Rest assured though, a public beta and full release are still intended as soon as it’s ready (and we are getting there, despite the absence of any outward signs of progress); the product itself is still being maintained and improved in the meantime; and for anyone that wants an early look at it, a “private beta release” is still available if you contact me.