Yes, things have been quiet. But not because of any lack of activity. Indeed, the code elves at Casa Plexus have been toiling away both night and day, writing the various modules that make up the prototype of Plexus. At this point the prototype is roughly half complete. There’s an API which uses SMTP and POP3 to interact with Plexus – this so that I wouldn’t need to spend time writing client software to interact with Plexus. There is a module to manage the Plex, and a jCard mailed to Plexus will end up in the Plex. When Plexus starts up, it walks through the Plex, and instances the appropriate listeners – though the only listener implemented at present is the feed reader. When things are listened to, those are passed up so that they can be grabbed a convenient POP3 mail client (I’m using Thunderbird).
It all seems to work. It is rickety in the way of all prototypes, but it does work.
The next half is to write the modules which handle the sharers. This is going to take less time (hopefully) because so much of the structure is already in place.
If current plans hold there will be a code release of the prototype to a Mercurial repository sometime before the 18th of September. Then the real fun begins.