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  • Don Lucas
    Hi Guys - In keeping with a plan to revitalize TinyCAD, I am looking for volunteers to take on development responsibilities for the following areas.
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 13, 2008
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      Hi Guys -

      In keeping with a plan to revitalize TinyCAD, I am looking for volunteers to take on development responsibilities for the following areas.  Compensation consists solely of fame and fortune and the enjoyment of meeting new people and sharing across cultural boundaries.  :)  Suggestion:  If you know of someone that you work with that is civic minded and qualified for one of these positions, please feel free to proselytize!  Also, if you know of past TinyCAD users who might be interested, but perhaps are not presently monitoring this user's group, please contact them in a way that doesn't cause any of us to get flamed (i.e., no mass mailings and be sure to respect people's privacy).

      1. Library and Example Files Manager - Programming skills not required, but must be familiar with TinyCAD symbol and library creation, have a strong leaning towards structure and organization, and generally familiar with common drafting standards (ok, we can make up our own standards), library management issues, library migration issues, and similar issues.  Responsibilities include managing the libraries and example files that are distributed with TinyCAD via the TinyCAD installer.  My intent is to increase the number and variety of libraries and especially example files and possibly even circuit templates (this is an area of open source development that could possibly expand considerably).  The first avenue to consider is the possibility of cleaning up user contributed libraries (if needed) and including these as standard TinyCAD libraries.  Of course, reorganization will be required since distributing them on a per contributor basis is probably not the best way to go.  Obviously, some people skills will be required, although extremely finicky, difficult to get along with genius geeks will definitely be considered.  ;)
      2. Documentation Manager - Programming skills not required, but must be capable of writing updates to the present user documentation to accommodate new features as added, and have strong skills in English (ok, U.K. English and spelling will be tolerated 8-|).
      3. Multi-lingual Programming Specialist - There have been a number of requests for stronger multi-lingual support over the years.  I personally do not know what is required to most efficiently support this need (yeah, I know, typical American, but I'm trying... ;;)).  It would be great if someone with strong knowledge and skills in this area would be willing to take this task on.  Even if your time permits only being a consultant, your involvement would be very much appreciated by our large international constituency.  While we are not in a position at this time to take strong advantage of individual language translators, if you are willing to work in this area, please contact me (in English - sorry, but I am merely mono-lingual) and I will record your name for future reference as we start adding the ability to support multiple languages.
      4. Wiki Site Administrator - I have enabled the TinyCAD Wiki site, but I need someone to manage this capability.  You will be the central point of contact for reviewing contributors' submissions, helping to make sure contributions are attributed properly, and that international copyright and intellectual property laws are not violated by other users' submissions.  I believe that the SourceForge staff also help in this regard and can provide technical advice, if the need arises.  Strong skills in organization and structure and the ability to communicate clearly via written communications will serve this position well.

      More help requests will be added here as needed.

      Thanks,

      Don Lucas

       

       

    • Stephen Friederichs
      I was starting an effort to create a set of libraries. I had started a wiki already but I can transfer those efforts to the TinyCAD wiki if requested. I have
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 13, 2008
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        I was starting an effort to create a set of libraries. I had started
        a wiki already but I can transfer those efforts to the TinyCAD wiki if
        requested. I have written a script that reads a CSV parts file with
        various types of information (part numbers, packages, etc), and
        TinyCAD XML symbols and then creates MDB libraries for TinyCAD. You
        can see my initial CSV, libraries and symbols in the files area. The
        wiki was to gather information about each part, its usage, pitfalls,
        etc. I also started taking pictures of parts and gathering
        datasheets. Take a look at the start of the wiki:
        http://steves-wiki.wikispaces.com/Parts_Library and the ZIP file in
        the files area. Do note though, the file I uploaded only creates XML
        databases, not MDB. I have since made another version that creates MDBs.

        --- In tinycad@..., "Don Lucas" <Don.Lucas@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > Hi Guys -
        >
        > In keeping with a plan to revitalize TinyCAD, I am looking for
        > volunteers to take on development responsibilities for the following
        > areas. Compensation consists solely of fame and fortune and the
        > enjoyment of meeting new people and sharing across cultural boundaries.
        > [:)] Suggestion: If you know of someone that you work with that is
        > civic minded and qualified for one of these positions, please feel free
        > to proselytize! Also, if you know of past TinyCAD users who might be
        > interested, but perhaps are not presently monitoring this user's group,
        > please contact them in a way that doesn't cause any of us to get flamed
        > (i.e., no mass mailings and be sure to respect people's privacy).
        >
        > 1. Library and Example Files Manager - Programming skills not
        > required, but must be familiar with TinyCAD symbol and library creation,
        > have a strong leaning towards structure and organization, and generally
        > familiar with common drafting standards (ok, we can make up our own
        > standards), library management issues, library migration issues, and
        > similar issues. Responsibilities include managing the libraries and
        > example files that are distributed with TinyCAD via the TinyCAD
        > installer. My intent is to increase the number and variety of libraries
        > and especially example files and possibly even circuit templates (this
        > is an area of open source development that could possibly expand
        > considerably). The first avenue to consider is the possibility of
        > cleaning up user contributed libraries (if needed) and including these
        > as standard TinyCAD libraries. Of course, reorganization will be
        > required since distributing them on a per contributor basis is probably
        > not the best way to go. Obviously, some people skills will be required,
        > although extremely finicky, difficult to get along with genius geeks
        > will definitely be considered. [;)]
        >
        > 2. Documentation Manager - Programming skills not required, but must
        > be capable of writing updates to the present user documentation to
        > accommodate new features as added, and have strong skills in English
        > (ok, U.K. English and spelling will be tolerated [8-|] ).
        >
        > 3. Multi-lingual Programming Specialist - There have been a
        number of
        > requests for stronger multi-lingual support over the years. I
        > personally do not know what is required to most efficiently support this
        > need (yeah, I know, typical American, but I'm trying... [;;)] ). It
        > would be great if someone with strong knowledge and skills in this area
        > would be willing to take this task on. Even if your time permits only
        > being a consultant, your involvement would be very much appreciated by
        > our large international constituency. While we are not in a position at
        > this time to take strong advantage of individual language translators,
        > if you are willing to work in this area, please contact me (in English -
        > sorry, but I am merely mono-lingual) and I will record your name for
        > future reference as we start adding the ability to support multiple
        > languages.
        >
        > 4. Wiki Site Administrator - I have enabled the TinyCAD Wiki site,
        > but I need someone to manage this capability. You will be the central
        > point of contact for reviewing contributors' submissions, helping to
        > make sure contributions are attributed properly, and that international
        > copyright and intellectual property laws are not violated by other
        > users' submissions. I believe that the SourceForge staff also help in
        > this regard and can provide technical advice, if the need arises.
        > Strong skills in organization and structure and the ability to
        > communicate clearly via written communications will serve this position
        > well.
        >
        >
        > More help requests will be added here as needed.
        >
        > Thanks,
        >
        > Don Lucas
        >
      • Don Lucas
        Hi Stephen - I would really like to keep TinyCAD together on the SourceForge website - it makes more of a presence if users don t have to go to 3 different web
        Message 3 of 4 , Oct 14, 2008
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          Hi Stephen –

           

          I would really like to keep TinyCAD together on the SourceForge website – it makes more of a presence if users don’t have to go to 3 different web sites for support (SourceForge, Yahoo Groups, and your nice Wiki site).  If you don’t mind, please transfer it to SourceForge. 

           

          If you will send me your SourceForge userid (no password, just the userid), I will install you as the Library and Example Files Manager and the Wiki Administrator.  You won’t be able to update the site without having a SourceForge account (free, if you don’t already have one).  If you need help later on, we can always add more willing users.  I would like to keep the total number to 10 or fewer to keep the project manageable, but so far, it is Matt Pyne , Magnus Beischer, you, me, and the 2 remaining open job requests, so there is still room to grow some.

           

          Best regards,

           

          Don

           

           

           

           


          From: tinycad@... [mailto: tinycad@... ] On Behalf Of Stephen Friederichs
          Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 5:35 PM
          To: tinycad@...
          Subject: [tinycad] Re: TinyCAD Volunteers Wanted - This Means You!

           

          I was starting an effort to create a set of libraries. I had started
          a wiki already but I can transfer those efforts to the TinyCAD wiki if
          requested. I have written a script that reads a CSV parts file with
          various types of information (part numbers, packages, etc), and
          TinyCAD XML symbols and then creates MDB libraries for TinyCAD. You
          can see my initial CSV, libraries and symbols in the files area. The
          wiki was to gather information about each part, its usage, pitfalls,
          etc. I also started taking pictures of parts and gathering
          datasheets. Take a look at the start of the wiki:
          http://steves- wiki.wikispaces. com/Parts_ Library and the ZIP file in
          the files area. Do note though, the file I uploaded only creates XML
          databases, not MDB. I have since made another version that creates MDBs.

          --- In tinycad@yahoogroups .co.uk, " Don Lucas " <Don.Lucas@. ..> wrote:

          >
          >
          > Hi Guys -
          >
          > In keeping with a plan to revitalize TinyCAD, I am looking for
          > volunteers to take on development responsibilities for the following
          > areas. Compensation consists solely of fame and fortune and the
          > enjoyment of meeting new people and sharing across cultural boundaries.
          > [:)] Suggestion: If you know of someone that you work with that is
          > civic minded and qualified for one of these positions, please feel free
          > to proselytize! Also, if you know of past TinyCAD users who might be
          > interested, but perhaps are not presently monitoring this user's group,
          > please contact them in a way that doesn't cause any of us to get flamed
          > (i.e., no mass mailings and be sure to respect people's privacy).
          >
          > 1. Library and Example Files Manager - Programming skills not
          > required, but must be familiar with TinyCAD symbol and library creation,
          > have a strong leaning towards structure and organization, and generally
          > familiar with common drafting standards (ok, we can make up our own
          > standards), library management issues, library migration issues, and
          > similar issues. Responsibilities include managing the libraries and
          > example files that are distributed with TinyCAD via the TinyCAD
          > installer. My intent is to increase the number and variety of libraries
          > and especially example files and possibly even circuit templates (this
          > is an area of open source development that could possibly expand
          > considerably) . The first avenue to consider is the possibility of
          > cleaning up user contributed libraries (if needed) and including these
          > as standard TinyCAD libraries. Of course, reorganization will be
          > required since distributing them on a per contributor basis is probably
          > not the best way to go. Obviously, some people skills will be required,
          > although extremely finicky, difficult to get along with genius geeks
          > will definitely be considered. [;)]
          >
          > 2. Documentation Manager - Programming skills not required, but must
          > be capable of writing updates to the present user documentation to
          > accommodate new features as added, and have strong skills in English
          > (ok, U.K. English and spelling will be tolerated [8-|] ).
          >
          > 3. Multi-lingual Programming Specialist - There have been a
          number of
          > requests for stronger multi-lingual support over the years. I
          > personally do not know what is required to most efficiently support this
          > need (yeah, I know, typical American, but I'm trying... [;;)] ). It
          > would be great if someone with strong knowledge and skills in this area
          > would be willing to take this task on. Even if your time permits only
          > being a consultant, your involvement would be very much appreciated by
          > our large international constituency. While we are not in a position at
          > this time to take strong advantage of individual language translators,
          > if you are willing to work in this area, please contact me (in English -
          > sorry, but I am merely mono-lingual) and I will record your name for
          > future reference as we start adding the ability to support multiple
          > languages.
          >
          > 4. Wiki Site Administrator - I have enabled the TinyCAD Wiki site,
          > but I need someone to manage this capability. You will be the central
          > point of contact for reviewing contributors' submissions, helping to
          > make sure contributions are attributed properly, and that international
          > copyright and intellectual property laws are not violated by other
          > users' submissions. I believe that the SourceForge staff also help in
          > this regard and can provide technical advice, if the need arises.
          > Strong skills in organization and structure and the ability to
          > communicate clearly via written communications will serve this position
          > well.
          >
          >
          > More help requests will be added here as needed.
          >
          > Thanks,
          >
          > Don Lucas
          >

        • Rick Collins
          I would be interested in the Documentation Manager position. I have strong skills in English (the American kind) and have a lot of experience in writing
          Message 4 of 4 , Oct 15, 2008
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            I would be interested in the Documentation Manager position.  I have strong skills in English (the American kind) and have a lot of experience in writing documentation.  Regardless of my spelling skills, I always use a spell checker along with proofreading to catch the mistakes that the spell checker can't find (there vs. their, etc). 

            I will say that I have ulterior motives.  I want to be in a position where I can learn as much as possible about TinyCAD so that I can influence its development.  Unfortunately my programming skills are likely not sufficient to jump into a programming slot.  But that will be next...

            Rick


            At 05:05 PM 10/13/2008, you wrote:

            Hi Guys -

            In keeping with a plan to revitalize TinyCAD, I am looking for volunteers to take on development responsibilities for the following areas.  Compensation consists solely of fame and fortune and the enjoyment of meeting new people and sharing across cultural boundaries.  :)   Suggestion:  If you know of someone that you work with that is civic minded and qualified for one of these positions, please feel free to proselytize!  Also, if you know of past TinyCAD users who might be interested, but perhaps are not presently monitoring this user's group, please contact them in a way that doesn't cause any of us to get flamed (i.e., no mass mailings and be sure to respect people's privacy).
            1. Library and Example Files Manager - Programming skills not required, but must be familiar with TinyCAD symbol and library creation, have a strong leaning towards structure and organization, and generally familiar with common drafting standards (ok, we can make up our own standards), library management issues, library migration issues, and similar issues.  Responsibilities include managing the libraries and example files that are distributed with TinyCAD via the TinyCAD installer.  My intent is to increase the number and variety of libraries and especially example files and possibly even circuit templates (this is an area of open source development that could possibly expand considerably).  The first avenue to consider is the possibility of cleaning up user contributed libraries (if needed) and including these as standard TinyCAD libraries.  Of course, reorganization will be required since distributing them on a per contributor basis is probably not the best way to go.  Obviously, some people skills will be required, although extremely finicky, difficult to get along with genius geeks will definitely be considered.  ;)
            2. Documentation Manager - Programming skills not required, but must be capable of writing updates to the present user documentation to accommodate new features as added, and have strong skills in English (ok, U.K. English and spelling will be tolerated 8-| ).
            3. Multi-lingual Programming Specialist - There have been a number of requests for stronger multi-lingual support over the years.  I personally do not know what is required to most efficiently support this need (yeah, I know, typical American, but I'm trying... ;;) ).  It would be great if someone with strong knowledge and skills in this area would be willing to take this task on.  Even if your time permits only being a consultant, your involvement would be very much appreciated by our large international constituency.  While we are not in a position at this time to take strong advantage of individual language translators, if you are willing to work in this area, please contact me (in English - sorry, but I am merely mono-lingual) and I will record your name for future reference as we start adding the ability to support multiple languages.
            4. Wiki Site Administrator - I have enabled the TinyCAD Wiki site, but I need someone to manage this capability.  You will be the central point of contact for reviewing contributors' submissions, helping to make sure contributions are attributed properly, and that international copyright and intellectual property laws are not violated by other users' submissions.  I believe that the SourceForge staff also help in this regard and can provide technical advice, if the need arises.  Strong skills in organization and structure and the ability to communicate clearly via written communications will serve this position well.

            More help requests will be added here as needed.

            Thanks,

            Don Lucas

             

             
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