Rebooting the Mailpile Development Process
Posted by Bjarni Rúnar on September 23, 2016
As warned about in our last blog post, development has been on hiatus for the last few months as I moved to (and from) Iceland, bought and sold a house and helped the Icelandic Pirate Party prepare for the up-coming parliamentary elections. It was frankly, an exhausting summer and I was sad not to have any time for Mailpile.
But it's the summer is well and truly over, and I'm back. Mailpile is again one of my top priorities.
I've warmed up by responding to a few issues on Github, fixing a couple of simple bugs and reconnecting with people on the #mailpile IRC channel on Freenode.
Taking a break is almost always healthy for a project, as it makes room for new insights and perspective.
I'm still in the process of "rebooting" the development effort, but I've already decided to make at least one change - I will take advantage of Github's new code-review tools to get community members to review my own work. This should improve the code quality in Mailpile, while helping spread knowledge and understanding of the code to a wider group of people - over time improving the project's "bus factor". A long-time contributor, Jocelyn Delande, has volunteered to be my first reviewer, and hopefully more people will pitch in over time.
More soon. It's good to be back!