Tersus was published as an open source platform three and a half years ago, in mid 2005.
Since then, we have been constantly improving the platform, and were happy to see the small but warm community of developers created around it.
Nevertheless, so far we have done practically no marketing activities to advertise Tersus. We felt we first want to have a mature enough product, and only then we'll go for a bigger community of users.
When we say "mature product", we mean two things – Productivity and Ease of Use.
Productivity means the platform is powerful enough to build all types of software applications and experienced Tersus users can be productive in developing, testing and maintaining their applications. As we are using the platform ourselves to develop rather complex systems, we know we have already reached this target, although we keep enhancing the platform.
Ease of Use means different things for different people. The novice needs easy to understand demos and good tutorials, while the experienced developers expect full documentation, development tips, shortcuts, and other tools that will help them become even more productive. We are not satisfied yet with the level of our tutorials and documentation, especially for beginners, and we are working on some new stuff now (e.g. the Table Wizard and a new iPhone demo). Newcomers, not necessarily programmers, should be able to quickly understand what Tersus is about and develop their own small applications without the help of another person.
So what next?
In the near future, we'll publish the next major release (1.3.x), and will begin to proactively reach out to new developers.
We will continue to share our thoughts with you through this blog.
Ofer & Youval
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