A prelude

by aaron

What good would a comeback be if there wasn’t some Rocky story about how I found myself at the end of the road, the bottom of the bottle, the back of the bus, only to be miraculously motivated to push myself to the limits to get back in shape and fight for glory? That actually would be pretty awesome, but this ain’t Hollywood, Dorothy, and I ain’t Chris Gardner.

So I could just start talking about the actual plugins, but where’s the fun in that? I mean, c’mon, I have to tease you for a little while. Everyone likes a tease, don’t lie ;-) Before I start talking about the meat of this project, I want to give a background for newcomers and an explanation for oldcomers newcomebackers everyone else. I promise, this will be one of the few long posts here and it’s worth it.

Mommy, where do babies come from?

The PluginAWeek project started back in September 2006 and, like lots of people, I was really excited to contribute back to a community I had joined 6 months earlier. The goal was simple (or so it seemed): release at least 1 new plugin each week and add the occasional post on plugin development. A lot of cool things came out of that project and I met a lot of great people. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up.

The school bully is winning

In early 2007, school reared its ugly head and the PluginAWeek project went dry with no blog posts. I graduated in May, moved to Boston, and tried my hand at starting a company. When the company went nowhere, I spent time on covert operation PluginAWeek: Reloaded (yes, I’m a Matrix fan, don’t make fun). By October 2007, there were almost 70 plugins which had been developed and released into the public repository, but never announced in any fashion.

In November 2007, I joined a startup called Viximo, and put PluginAWeek in hibernation mode as I focused on other things.

If he were any cooler, he’d still be frozen, baby!

Last week I publicly announced the reopening of the project. For over a month, I’ve been spending my free time cleaning old plugins out of the repository and re-building, from scratch, every single plugin based on the experience I’ve gained working with this stuff for 2 1/2 years. And I’m really excited about the results.

There are now currently 32 plugins in the project. If you’ve tried your hand at one of them before, I’d ask you to take a look at it again. I assure you things have changed for the better.

RubyMan could totally take on IronMan!

So you’ve made it this far. That’s a good sign. It either means you’re legitimately interested in the project or you’re a sneaky recruiter trying to get me to give you some leads. What should you look forward to over the next few months? A lot.

I’ll soon start talking about the various plugins available in this project, but I implore you to go ahead and take a look yourself. I hope that they’ll help you out in one way or another!

I love me some preludes.

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