An epic development process

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by _Martin_ | Discussion: New Releases

DesktopX is one of the easiest to use and most powerful "application" builders I have ever seen. Let me be clear, I am not a "proper" programmer, though I manage quite nicely in JavaScript and VBScript, and I am not a "proper" artist, though I can fumble through using something like Fireworks. As such, the fact that can make things that are powerful and actually look fairly cool is awesome.

This is why I love the application and why I keep coming back to it. A good few years ago I spend a lot of (probably too much) time using DesktopX, but kids have redressed my life/DX balance and I'm now a happier more rounded individual   .

When I checked it out the first note type widget I released was is August 2004, which means I have been working on DeskNotes in some form for nearly 5 years which is ridiculous - hardly the most efficient development process!

However, it's finally here and ready for mainstream release.

Needless to say it is slightly more powerful and sophisticated than the original and I hope you like it. I even dare to hope some of you will choose to register it. There's nothing like a little cold hard cash to encourage new features   .

I really hope that Stardock continues to support DesktopX. There's been no update for about 9 months now, and there was relatively little before then which means we're still wrestling with a few bugs and things. Hopefully there'll be a burst of activity at some point.

I'm kind of hoping the same for the WinCustomize DX. To be honest, in the past few year there's not been a great deal on new and exciting stuff on there. There are of course some exceptions, and I'm not saying that this is the most amazing thing ever created, it's just that there are only so many weather objects and "cool effects" you can take. There is of course value in developing these things to learn how DesktopX works but these objects were there about 3 or 4 years ago - in fact most still clone the original scripts from that time. By now we should have moved on. There should be one external weather script that everyone hooks into. Let's learn from the model of something like YUI and move on. Unless we start creating some new and innovate then I fear some of the better developers will move onto new things and Stardock won't have any incentive to give us any now DX releases to play with to drive things to the next level.

Anyway - DeskNotes is my contribution to things. I hope you like it and look forward to your comments.

Reply #1 Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:39 AM


MARTIN!!!!  I thought you were in a coma or something!  Good to see you my friend!  Thanksfor posting this.

I hope to get a bug fix release mid year and an update at the end of the year.  No promises but I love DX and want to see it taken to the next level.  See this post: What would you like to see in DesktopX 4.x?


Reply #2 Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:24 AM
Coposing an epic comment to that article right now
Reply #3 Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:31 PM

Martin! Glad you are back!

Looking forward, I'm really want to see your new weather script..

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