...and I'm having a blast each step of the way. I wish code hackery were always this fun. In fact, I have to remind myself of the consequences of not taking breaks even though I'm in the zone and don't really want to. Haven't hurt myself yet. :-) I'm also thankful this season for the rest of my family having caught colds nasty enough to keep us home that aren't so bad as to make life at home miserable. Why? Some much-needed rest and relaxation. I've even had some time to catch up on some projects around the house in addition to spending time with my family, whipping up Thanksgiving dinner, and working hard on my future first choice of development tools, the real reason for this post.
I'm happy to say that Paladin has reached alpha -- it's now feature-complete. While I know of a few bugs that I found shortly before I stopped for the day, I bet there are more yet to be discovered and fixed before I'm comfy with releasing the official Beta 1. I'll be eating my own cat food (dog food? No thanks...) on this one, so it may be a bit, knowing my perfectionist tendencies. It should be well worth all the trouble, and the closer it gets to actual usefulness as a tool, the more excited I get. I'll be able to get rid of BeIDE's annoyances, and the community at large will have a free-as-in-freedom development environment. Who knows? Maybe the guys back at Haiku might even find it worthwhile to have as one of those tools included in the pre-alpha builds. I won't push for it or anything, but that'd be the icing on the cake.