Presentation: Lessons learned maintaining Open Source ActionScript projects

One of the interesting things about working at Firstborn is that from time to time employees will host “Group Therapy” sessions, which are nothing other than presentations on diverse topics (read more about the idea behind this in this great article by former Firstborn employee Jens Fischer).

A week or so ago I had the nerve to host a presentation of my own. It was called “Lessons learned maintaining Open Source ActionScript projects” and it was, quite obviously, all about things I learned while publishing Open Source projects – namely, MC Tween and Tweener.

Now, I’m not really an OS guru and much less a proper OS project manager, but I think there were some interesting experience points gained in those quests that I wanted to share so I decided to make it publicly available. Check it out – I promise it has some interesting links mentioned:

The presentation is available on Slideshare, or as a direct PDF download.

This was also presented at the (awesome) FlashCodersNY weekly meeting of October 14th.

9 responses

  1. This is a great collection of insights of working on an OS project. I had started putting down some of these exact same thoughts based on what I’ve seen while working on Degrafa. When I get something a little more tangible together I’ll be sure to share it.

  2. Great write up Zeh!

    I’ve been planning for a similar post, since it’s another way to share with the community. I’ve always taken your handling of mc_tween and Tweener as a great example to follow.


  3. I’ve watched the presentation twice (at Firstborn and at the FlashcodersNY meetup) and it was really nice.. many nice comments/questions during and after the presentation.

    Some parts of the presentation are really fun/sad: “people will misunderstand what it’s about”, “people will report bugs that doesn’t exist”, “you will be forced to provide support”… – that’s all truth, happens really often and consumes a lot of time…

    Thanks for sharing your experience/thoughts.

  4. Thank you for publishing the slides! It would be great if you could even record the presentation ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know that’s not as easy as it sounds.

    I just wanted to say that your posts keep me inspired and makes me want to continue my projects (often open source), even when they get me down (as all projects does, from time to time)

    Again, thank you

  5. Your slideshow on how to maintain an Actionscript project sounds like making the Actionscript code needs to be taken very seriously and shows how important Actionscript is to the people who use flash, have an animated day!

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