Almost one year since the last post. Time flies. But I did a few things (besides real life commitments) during this time, I just did not blog about it here.
A lot of time has been going into BOLTS, an attempt to build a free standard part library by harnessing the paramtric capabilities of most CAD systems. The interesting part is, that BOLTS is designed to not be restricted to one CAD system, but usable with many (at the moment: 2), and therefore be able to exploit synergies.
This is by far my most successful project, and there has been an amazing amount of positive feedback from people that use it, and quite a number of people that contributed more parts to BOLTS. There is also a blog which you should definitely check out.
A while ago I was searching for a way to get issues from GitHub into a form that can be accessed offline. Surprisingly nobody did this before me, so I wrote handkerchief. But due to my weak webdesign skills this remained pretty ugly and quite hacky.
Then, one day, Lukas Oppermann was also searching for a way to get issues from GitHub into a form that can be accessed offline. He found my stuff, reported a bug and offered to use his very strong webdesign skills to make handkerchief better. This resulted in a very fruitful collaboration, a complete rewrite of handkerchief, which is not hacky anymore and gives beautiful results. I am again and again amazed by the positive power of collaboration.