Changing Development Status to Inactive

I have struggled for quite some time on what to do with Covered. I find that my time and motivation for Covered development has wained for quite a while. I have always enjoyed working on this project, and I have learned so much about Open Source development with it. For a long time while working on this project, I have spent all of my free time thinking about how to implement features, fix bugs, and make Covered the best coverage tool that I was capable of creating.

Ultimately, I never reached that last goal. I still have ideas about how to make Covered a better tool, and, in fact, I spent a great deal of time implementing portions of those ideas in various development branches. But, unfortunately, none of those ideas reached the point of user/community readiness. And with all of this work in various stages of development, the process of completing them became a bit overwhelming to me. With few exceptions, Covered has always been a one-man development team. And while it has the advantage of a fairly stream-lined development process, the major disadvantage as I have found is not staying focused on one task at a time.

In the development life of Covered, I have received lots of e-mails from good people all over the world who submitted bug reports, made constructive recommendations for improvement, provided patches, and generally provided me words of encouragement. I really appreciate all of those people who have helped make Covered what it is today. I also feel like I am letting some people down who have submitted bug requests or feature requests that I will not complete.

Today, I finally decided to set the development status of Covered to “Inactive”. It will still be available for download on SourceForge, and I am retaining my Administrative status over the project for the time being. If anyone is interested in taking over (or forking) Covered’s development, please contact me, and we can work to switch over the administration roles/responsibilities.

Thanks again and take care,
Trevor Williams