June 16, 2008 Archives

Mon Jun 16 11:48:49 CDT 2008

Upcoming developments and contributions

I'm writing this news post mainly to let members of the community know what's going on with FahMon development-wise, since there have been no new announcements since April.

Developments

For those of you who are not aware, FahMon is coded entirely in my spare time, which recently I have had virtually none of (writing theses was the main culprit). However, I'm about to start a major drive to get various bits of core code in FahMon up to scratch and more stable.
There are already a number of GUI enhancements in svn including re-organised menus (for those who were confused about the lack of a "client" menu), configurable columns in the main view and the ability to hide the "WU Information" panel. There may be a few more tweaks to the GUI being made of the next few days to try and make the whole thing a little slicker than in the current release.
After finishing the GUI updates I'll be taking a look at the innards of the monitoring code, and possibly re-writing major portions of it to increase stability, and compatibility (mainly with SMP clients inside Virtual Machines).

I also hope to be able to put together some build-bots to automatically compile the latest svn code to ease the testing process.

Contributing

There are a number of ways that you can help contribute to the development of FahMon, and only 1 of them requires you to have any programming knowledge:

  • Bug reporting. This is very important to help improve FahMon, because unless I know a bug exists, I can't fix it.
  • Ideas for features. You guys might come up with something I had'nt thought of.
  • Code contributions. I welcome any patches to code, from typos to new functions.
  • Monetary donations. There's a paypal link on the homepage. There's no obligation, but if you want to donate, the facility is there.

Posted by Andrew Schofield | Permanent Link | Categories: Development [ hide comments ]
Thanks for this update and the time investment in that nice tool, Andrew.

I'll try to test the new features and svn versions, but as you can easily comprehend time is the issue (free time = family).

Mark
Gerby19, 2008-06-30, 02:25h #
First of all, thank you for all of the time and effort that you have put into FahMon.

As far as suggestions:
Maybe add a WU backup module?
Additionally, a way to control networked clients remote?

I came up with these ideas after using the program FahMonitor and Farm.
http://earlvadim-ru.narod.ru/

Don't worry about the url, it is legit.

The only problem is that that program is still in pre-alpha state, so it has A LOT of bugs. Also, it can't recognize anything but single-thread clients.

Not saying that your program isn't good, the simplicity of FahMon is truly special. Just a few suggestions.
ColonelCain, 2008-07-10, 19:12h #
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