Sunday, July 29, 2012

Midsummer Doldrums

It has, once again, been too long since I've posted any kind of an update. I am starting to see signs that some of you are worried that I am dead, or tired of working on Solitaire Till Dawn—that, in short, the project has been abandoned.

This is not so; I'm still here and still working on it. But it is true that progress has been stalled for some time. This has not been a good year for the general health of my family: nothing life-threatening, but there have been a succession of events that have taken up a good deal of our time and attention, and that have prevented me from focussing on software.

Also I have been stuck on a design issue. I was dismayed to find, at this late date, that some lingering bugs weren't just a matter of tracking down a minor problem and making a fix. Instead I have had, once again, to re-think some core matters of Solitaire Till Dawn's architecture. I haven't been posting about it because it's not the sort of thing that can be simplified down into a paragraph or two. I haven't known what to say about it; that, plus the general lack of progress, have left me silent for too long.

I apologize for that silence, and I'll try to do better. I am finally starting to regain the time I need each week to work on this, and I am starting to make progress again on the architectural issue, although it is certainly not done.

I can only plead with you all, once again, for faith and patience.

(Nearly forgot: some have been worried that Solitaire Till Dawn, when it is finally released, might support Lion but not Mountain Lion. I don't think that will be an issue.)


Sco said...

Glad to hear the family health problems are reducing a bit; wish you and your family good health and quick healing. And good luck with the architecting issue.

tillotta said...

good luck and good health for your family.
Solitaire till dawn can wait

Margot said...

I'm not a patient person by nature and have found the wait difficult -- but Solitair till Dawn is so good that I'm sure it's worth it. Good luck!

macskiman said...

You can be sure there are lots of us who remember "Solitaire Till Dawn" and miss it. Best wishes!