Stealth Player Development

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

In the last month I’ve been making great improvements to Stealth Player. I initially thought I would release these changes as the first Release Candidate, but it will be a Beta 2 version instead. The primary difference is that I want the Release Candidate to include all aspects of the program. The next version will not include the paid licensing aspect of the software and will still be free for all to use.

RC1 will contain code to manage the trial and purchase of the license. The pieces are in place, but are not enforced. I’ve decided that RC1 users will have to input a fake CC# and expiration date to continue using the system after the trial time has expired. It will still be free to use, but will require a little more effort on the part of the end user and this will be a good test of the licensing component.

Unfortunately for my development efforts, I’m off on vacation for two weeks. However, I will return even more dedicated to getting my MicroISV off the ground. The current plan is to release the Beta 2 version at the end of June.

On a personal note…I must say, I’m extremely frustrated that I’ve allowed this much time between releases. When I look at the Beta 1 that is publicly available, it makes my stomach ill because I know how much better the latest version is! The saying goes “release early and often”. Well I got the early part right!


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