|[qet] [en] Resignation from the QElectroTech project|
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Hello, The QElectroTech project now exists for more than 6 years. It originally started out as a common project between two students: the first one was studying electrotechnics and needed a free software to draw electric diagrams while the second one was studying I.T. and needed a good idea of real-life software to be implemented in order to improve its development skills. As you already know, the first student is Benoît and I am that second student. I strove to maintain QElectroTech for a few years after it appeared Benoît did not need it for its now-professional interests. Having no skills in the field of electricity, this maintenance was done with a distribution of roles similar to what occurs in the world of professional development: contributors involved in the field of electrotechnics patiently explained their functional requirements to me so I could implement them in the software itself. The list of those requirements grew quickly, so that multiplying their count by the amount of time required to accomplish them in a correct way guarantees that QElectroTech will keep a small development team busy for years. Unfortunately, it became harder and harder for me to find time, mainly for the usual reasons that make volunteering so scarce: professional life, personal life, other projets, hobbies and experiments, etc, etc, etc. Today, the statement is pretty clear: my free time is getting too rare for me to keep finding any motivation to work on a software I cannot use and which does not contribute anymore to my professional expertise. I do not doubt things would have been different if implementing new features in this software had served my personal or professional life. Also, I insist on the "work" wording: despite the usage of a renowned framework, developing a portable GUI application requires organization, strictness, thoroughness and patience. Considering QElectroTech, this is increased by the presence of various interactive canvas and the necessity not to break the different file formats. Eventually, I maintained QElectroTech mainly because I thought it was not appropriate to leave an application without somebody to transmit it to. However, I recently figured out that perhaps it was better to explicitly disengage myself from the project to attract potential volunteers, interested by the necessity to keep developing this software, rather than letting the whole world believe that QElectroTech is still actively maintained. I tried to stay a little more in the project, typically "at least until the 0.3 version", but neither the last nor the next released version have a real impact on the topic. For all these reasons, I announce today my complete retirement from the QElectroTech project: I will not provide code anymore and will not interfere in the process of conception, development, debugging, packaging, documentation, etc. I will remain some times on the IRC channel of the project to ensure it is well transmitted to new hands. I wish all the best to the QElectroTech project. Xavier Guerrin
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