d7IIx Alpha – General Information
What it is:
“d7IIx” is a port of the existing d7II code (including the user interface and ALL unique functionality designed specifically for d7 and later d7II) to sit on top of the new d7x Platform code, like brand new pylons under an established pier, it is the first step towards a new pier with all the boards and railings replaced.
The initially availability of d7IIx replaces some of d7II’s basic lower-level functionality (interfacing with the OS) as well as replacing the entirety of d7II’s error handling and debug systems; the rest is mostly untouched d7II code.
Why it is:
d7IIx was created in order to ultimately provide desired product updates to d7II subscribers prior to a fully complete d7x release, while simultaneously moving in a positive direction towards that end.
Together, with the help of of a close dialog with d7II subscribers who actively participate in the feedback process for current development, we will continue to build d7x in a fashion not unlike d7II and d7 before it, where techs contributed real ideas about current needs, and these products reflect that fact by remaining the best to date.
Where do I get it?
Only current d7II subscribers with active subscriptions may test the d7IIx Alpha.
Get the download from our d7IIx Alpha – Known Issues / Submit a Bug Report page!
Initially, d7IIx testers were viewers of the Foolish Tech Show who participated in our IRC chat during the show and requested a download link. As d7IIx progresses it will become available through the d7II internal update system to all subscribers as an optional update, until the time it is proven stable and is released as an official update for d7II.
What to expect:
d7IIx v0.x.x.x – (Initial availability -> Alpha testing) Product is NOT fully functional. Although few known issues may be documented at this time, the only thing we are certain of is that d7II’s size and complexity (with it’s broad range of unique and specific functionality) will almost guarantee that number will increase.
Our first and foremost priority is to document issues with functionality that worked correctly in the last release version of d7II.
For the near future: major sections of d7x Platform code are already established and waiting to be integrated to replace further d7II functionality, once many of the more specific bits of code can be redesigned to work properly with “the new way of doing things.” Currently there are no UI elements for many of the interface changes already designed for d7x, and although d7x Platform code contains many advantages to rapid development towards those changes, there is no foreseeable ETA, because as a company we value the concepts of function over form, and there is much to be done with the current d7II code to ensure a complete conformity with the new d7x Platform code before we can apply new interface concepts.
Current development focus:
Closing the gap between existing d7II functionality and d7x Platform code, specifically by re-designing existing d7II code still in production in order to work with the newer low-level/basic interface code. The d7x Platform contains full Unicode support and enhanced error trapping with recovery capabilities for more unforeseen and unique repair circumstances that may be encountered, plus many other new features and new possibilities provided by the extensive background code already contained within the d7x Platform.
At this time, no new features or functionality will be focused on, however suggestions are welcome.
d7IIx Alpha – Known Issues / Submit Bug Report – Bug reports are encouraged from all users testing d7IIx Alpha on the current release for anything not currently covered in the “Known Issues” section.
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