Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: A Dagwood Sandwich of a Week

Lori Halley 23 July 2010 0 comments

Imagine you're making a sandwich. You get the bread out and then go to the fridge. Maybe there are some nice cold cuts or leftovers that might go very well with it. And then you get out some mustard. But wait, there's some of that nice home made bar-b-que sauce that you got up in the country the other weekend, and if you grill the bread it'll be amazing. Then you might find that someone in your house also bought some alfalfa spouts which will give everything a nice healthy crunch. And what ISN'T better with smoked cheddar?

Now you get ambitious, and what started as a little snack is becoming an early dinner. If you're like me, you might have decided to run out to the garden to get some fresh lettuce. Some of those leftover potatoes would make a nice salad with some vinegar. You're getting inspired. You dust off the cookbooks and start looking for some different side dishes. This sandwich, this is going to be EPIC.

But before you know it you have three or four things going, and you can feel yourself getting hungrier and what was supposed to be a quick snack has become a full blown meal. There's nothing wrong with that, but you're at the point where if you're going to do it, you're going to do it right.

That's basically where we are in our development right now. Between Financial Management and a redesigned Import process we have a lot of great components on the go. We also know that like making a good meal, part of the challenge is that making sure everything is done properly and done at the same time. We had promised that we'd have everything done by the end of August, but we now see that, well, the sandwich is going to be much bigger and we can't unmake it: It's not fair to you, and it's not fair to the product. So we've moved the release until September 16th. This is only a move of two weeks, but it should be enough to make sure that every part of version 3.5 is as complete and tasty as it should be.

That doesn't mean we haven't been testing our cooking. This week we've had a team of  Wild Apricot users just like you taking a look at our product. They are the first of our Beta Testers, a secret (well, not really) strike force (well, group of power users) who are going through some of our new features and letting us know what they like and what can be improved (that part is 100% true!). They're starting to post their feedback, and we'll be acting on as many as we can right away. You can see what they've been posting by going to our Google Document which we've made publicly available here.

Now a lot of it might seem Greek to you, and it might also seem very intimidating knowing that there are these big changes afoot. To help you get ready for it (and see how we've integrated it into the system) we've prepared a couple of transition documents. These give you an overview of how the new system will work and a handy chart of what is changing between versions. We've created one for Financial Management and one for the new Import wizard. These will be refined and updated as we get closer to release.

This also means that there is a little more time for you to have your say in upcoming features. Might I humbly suggest you check out the following threads?

That's all for this week. In the words of Warren Zevon: Enjoy every sandwich.    

 

Originally posted by gvalentino 

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Published Friday, 23 July 2010 at 2:25 PM

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