From our readers: Currion, da Silva, Sears

As I was working on the new Jikes Archives section earlier today, I was reminded that one of the greatest pleasures in doing open-source work is that while most people think it’s unrewarding because there is no money involved, in fact the reward comes from realizing that with each download from your ftp site, or each comment to a blog entry you are being paid in a precious currency indeed — someone is taking their valuable time to use your work or to help you do your work.

A patch is to a piece of code as a blog comment is to the main entry, and both are of equal value. So I will try from time to time to collect together recent reader comments and also related e-mails that are sent to me.


Paul Currion responded to the article about Sahana:

Thanks for the appeal, Dave, and for all your work on Sahana so far. It can be a frustrating process – I’m in Indonesia right now, reviewing the recent Sahana deployment for the Jogjakarta earthquake, and it’s clear that we need to take a look at how support is provided during implementation as much as during development.

However the developers are the lifeblood of the project, and we really hope that Sahana can be a way for people who used to feel that their skills are useless in an emergency to make a real contribution. Sahana has built a solid product and a strong reputation, and I think that we’ll start to see much more real-world impact in the next year.

Paul is a leader in this area. You can find his name on our BlogRoll. If you aren’t familar with his work I encourage you to poke around his blog; in particular, his recent work on the Emergency Capacity Building Project is noteworthy. ECB is a collaborative effort of seven humanitarian agencies that are jointly tackling common problems in emergency response and preparedness.


Chaminda da Silva, lead developer of Sahana, sent an e-mail following up on my post about urgent need for developer support:

I liked the poem and thanks for passing this message of support around.
Please also add that we are looking for not just LAMP developers, put
people who can do documentation, localization, QA and most importantly
custom deployments for NGOs and Gov so that they are prepared before a
disaster strikes.


John Seers sent in a humorous comment to the post on Smart Guy #5:

That soft, whirring noise you hear is the sound of Mr Feynman spinning in his grave.

That’s odd. I would have expected the distant sound of bongo drums…


By the way, Smart Guy #5 has vast corp of assistants. I’ve been writing posts using the titles of his column as I have found there many spiders and bots searching to see what people are saying about Tom. I got the first hit moments after I published the latest, and have gotten about 15 in just the last few minutes. Interesting …

Copyright (c) 2006 by David Shields. Licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

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