[aprssig] How to get new software evaluated???

Andrew P. andrewemt at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 7 21:20:35 EST 2011

Greetings again.

Sorry I haven't made my software available yet, but I ran into a bit of a snag.

It happens that I am a professional software engineer, and employed for that purpose. That means that I had to sign an employment agreement granting all ownership rights in any software I create to my employer, whether I create the software at work or on my own time, and whether or not it has anything to do with my employer's business. I am currently in negotiations with the Legal department at my employer to get them to assign the rights to YAAC back to me, so I can release it under the LGPL.. Looks like it's going to happen, but they aren't in any hurry (no profit in it for them). I'll let everyone know as soon as I own my software; I hope it's done before Legal goes on vacation for the holidays.

In the meantime, I've bombproofed the code a little more and spent more time writing the online help. Thanks for the suggestion, Lynn, to use a full APRS-IS feed for load-testing. Seems it takes a lot of CPU horsepower to process an entire hemisphere's real-time APRS traffic, but I'm able to keep up now. Or are the garbaged packets I'm getting caused by circular buffer overflow in the APRS-IS Tier 2 server I'm connected to because I'm back-pressuring?

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO

> From: andrewemt at hotmail.com
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:20:31 +0000
> Subject: [aprssig] How to get new software evaluated???
> Greetings, all (especially WB4APR).
> As promised, I have a first (very early) cut of my new APRS application (currently code-named YAAC, for "Yet Another APRS Client" :-) waiting to be pounded on by experts in the field. It is not ready for full release quite yet (still have some source code clean-up and a few missing sub-features to add), but I would like to know if I'm doing the right thing or have majorly stumbled down the wrong path in my development efforts.
> So, I'd be interested in having Bob (and any others in the core of APRS development who are interested and have the time) take a whack at using my app, and tell me where I need to improve and/or correct it before I let it out to the general public.
> How is this sort of thing done here? I'm not ready to hand out source code yet (the innards aren't stable enough to have others tinker yet), but I can easily ship a zip file that unpacks a runnable distribution. 
> Known working platforms are Windows XP (NTFS filesystems only, for some weird reason) and Fedora Core Linux (releases 13 and 15, with a hack needed on 15). It should work on any 32-bit Windows or Linux distro with Java installed, and theoretically should work on MacOSX too. It can listen to APRS-IS servers, and both receive and transmit through KISS (or KISSable by TNC2 command) TNC's, and listen to Kenwood radios in APRS mode (Kenwood firmware doesn't seem to allow transmitting APRS from the radio and a computer simultanously). It also works with NMEA 0183-compliant GPS receivers (not yet with gpsd in the way). App configuration is done inside the app with a configuration GUI; no need to hand-edit config files.
> So, how do I get some initial alpha-test field feedback?
> Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
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