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    I would like to take this time to make, and ask all members to read, this post.

    The group of people we refer to as the Developers do a great job designing new hardware for us less than capable users. I can not fully understand what it is like to come up with an idea and design a functioning product because I do not have the knowledge to do it. By the limited number of Developers I assume most are in the same boat as I am.

    It is my understanding that some of the Developers may be getting a bit burned out as there is so few of them yet so many new hardware designs. They keep getting requests to make this or that. They would like some other people to jump in and do some developing.

    Another sore point is when a new design is under development and they take the job and start the design process because no one else did. Then you get the individual who comes along and says something like "That will not work" or "I know a better way". Well if you are so knowledgeable then you build it! Come on guys, the Developers get no money and sometimes less appreciation for what they do. Either keep your mouth shut or jump in and design it. Now if you have something constructive to say or a suggestion thats one thing but do not come out and in a rude way say you know better. That helps no one. Instead why not give them a pat on the back or offer to help out in some way. Let them know you appreciate their hard work that often goes without reward.

    I have not been contacted by anyone in particular but I have read some indications and seen some actions that lead me to believe the above to be true. There is no one particular scenario I am referring to, its a trend I see and it appears to be getting worse.


    I want to take this time to give a standing ovation to all the Developers. I applaud all of you. Of the almost 1,400 members here most would not be blinking their lights if it were not for your selfless work.

    Anytime a Developer or anyone else feels less than appreciated around here please feel free to come back to this post and know that the Admin. is truly appreciative of your hard work and dedication to this community. That statement is for every member here, not just the Developers. Without every single one of you we would not be as strong as we are.

    Thank You to All.
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    A quick lighthearted tribute.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87408656696643

    I plan, once the new job lines out, to become a developer myself.
    I am working on a simple cheap 8 channel stand alone controller, that can be programmed by anyone: no pic programmer required.

    Stay tuned: all I need is a little time away from work!
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    That's great!

    Let's put it as a sticky in the Development section.

    If a developer is feeling unappreciated for some reason, an appreciative crowd is just a click away. You can see me in the audience applauding! (4th row up 5 or so to the left)

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    All I need is a little time away from work!
    Which makes it even more remarkable what our developers achieve!

    Well done, guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macrosill View Post
    I want to take this time to give a standing ovation to all the Developers. I applaud all of you. Of the almost 1,400 members here most would not be blinking their lights if it were not for your selfless work.
    Thank You to All.
    I second that!

    If it wasn't for all these nice people who have taken the time to develop the hardware and software, post the information here, and stick around to answer questions -- and all for free; people with little-to-no knowledge of what the heck all the stuff is actually doing (like me) would have no chance at animating our light displays... or at least doing it well.

    Thank you to all!!

    P.S. If any of the developers can figure out a way for a guy who has no knowledge and is waiting for the parts from the coop before assembiling his first board, can help them out, please let me know.
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    Yes I agree thanks to the developers. The only think that I can offer is support money, the ability to beta test and I can run Co-Op for parts if needed.

    Thanks again

    Bill

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    Just a note from a newbie...

    I just wanted to put a thanks out there to the developers too. Being extremely new to this I am constantly amazed at how someone came up with these devices. Even more amazing is your willingness to help out people like me trying to understand how these things work. Hopefully one of these days I'll understand enough to help out and answer some questions instead of always being the one that's asking.

    Chris

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    Brian put it very well:

    "I want to take this time to give a standing ovation to all the Developers. I applaud all of you. Of the almost 1,400 members here most would not be blinking their lights if it were not for your selfless work."

    Thanks guys and gals. Your efforts are very much appreciated!:D:D

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    From someone who is developing stuff, just some thoughts.

    (a) Developers love feedback, good or bad about what they are doing, as long as its constructive.. feedback breeds better development. End users always think up new ways of using your latest widgets in ways you never dream of.

    (b) At least for me, i develop stuff that i will use myself. If that ends up being useful for someone else, fantastic, if not, its no loss.

    (c) I look around my workshop and see thousands of dollars of programers, test gear, components and tools, pcbs that did'nt work first time, etc etc.. Trust me, I'm not in it for the money..

    (d) Each developer has a differnet take on 'open'.. Some like me, will pretty much share everything about a design, some won't.. Take it or leave it, its the developers choice. If you don't like it, no one forces you to use their design.

    (e) Developers choose to use certain technologies, but i wont' be restricted by crys like 'surface mount is too hard'.. Again no one is forcing you to use it..

    (f) Respect the fact that some developers might choose to put their projects/products up for sale, externally to diyc, as madeup/assembled or as kits, and that they may appear to be making a profit on them. No one is forcing you to buy them. And be tolerant if they put the odd link or reference to their web shop on line.

    (g) keep the ideas flowing.. Many of the developers are awesome electronics / programming experts.. That does'nt mean that they are the best at thinking up new ideas.. Sometimes, its great to here a " i wished i could have a widget that does XYZ ".. Engineering folks thrive of solvign problems. They just don't always know what the problem is..
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    Im in the same boat as deplanche above, coop parts on the way--NO ability to do anything electronicly speeking (probably even spelled it wrong). however will be more than willing to help out any way i can!!!!! JUST ASK

    Thank for all your hard work,

    scott

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