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tween.js: what’s next?

tween.js is terribly popular despite being overwhelmingly simple and underpowered compared to other more awesome and batteries-included animation toolkits as CreateJS.

Yet it’s only me being the maintainer… or, let’s face it, the bottleneck, as I’ve been terribly busy with other matters these last months. I feel like I’m doing a disservice to the community by letting it stagnate, and that’s awful.

I’m sorry.

But I also need to be realistic that I just don’t have the time to maintain it.

The fact that it is under my “name” in github (github.com/sole/tween.js) doesn’t make it any more inviting for other people to feel a sense of ownership either, and I always felt bad when people said “tween.js by sole” because there has been a ton more of contributions by very talented people, and I never wanted to take their credit.

So I’ve decided to move tween.js to its own organisation to reflect the fact that it is a community project, not just sole’s project. Starting today, github.com/sole/tween.js is no longer the home of tween.js—it is github.com/tweenjs/tween.js.

It goes without saying that I am looking for people who want to actively contribute to tween.js. Ping me if you’re interested. Fame, glory, and my and the community’s eternal gratitude as perks.

The other good thing of moving to an organisation is that we can now have related projects living under the same roof. For example, a potential ES6-based version of tween.js.

I also found yesterday that for some reason I hadn’t got new issue notifications from github for the last two or three months, so there was a bunch of new issues waiting on me to take action. I am sorry about this too, and will try to reply as fast as I can.

Thanks to everyone who uses tween.js or contributes to it!

Meanwhile, in Mozlandia…

Almost every employee and a good amount of volunteers flew into Portland past week for a sort of “coincidental work week” which also included a few common events, the “All hands”. Since it was held in Portland, home to “Portlandia“, someone started calling this week “Mozlandia” and the name stuck.

I knew it was going to be chaotic and busy and so I not only didn’t make any effort to meet with non-Mozilla-related Portlanders, but actively avoided that. When the day has been all about socialising from breakfast to afternoon, the last thing you want is to speak to more people. Also, I am not sure how to put this, but the fact that I visit some acquaintance’s town doesn’t mean that I am under any obligation to meet them. Sometimes people get angry that I didn’t tell them I was visiting and that’s not cool :-(

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tween.js r14

tween.js r14 is really more of a “cleaning house” revision than anything else. No new features have been added, but the library should be a little bit more usable now and lead by example by using better code examples that aim to be efficient JS and CSS wise:

  • Include license header on the minified files too (hyandell)
  • Make examples more efficient by using requestAnimationFrame‘s own timer instead of calling Date.now again (Robert Eisele)
  • Make it explicit that you can install tween.js with npm and bower (sole)

As usual, you can download it/clone from github or install with npm:

npm install tween.js

And as a “new thing”, although it was always here, installing via bower is also possible:

bower install tween.js

You can also read more instructions and code samples on getting the library.

Cheers to whoever told me you could install any package using git with bower. I believe it was the magnificent Edna Piranha! So thanks Edna!

tween.js r13

tween.js r13 is a much expected update (I hope) that brings three little pieces of joy:

  • New onStop callback added, by colinsullivan
  • Fix _reversed yoyo flag bug, by deanm
  • And last but not least, the initial version of docs/user guide, by sole

And also available via npm:

npm install tween.js

While writing the docs I found myself wanting to show how to use custom functions, so I also wrote another example that demonstrates this. And wrote a few custom functions plus some functions to generate functions. It’s all so meta and I love it.

In future releases I’d like to start clearing out the list of issues—some issues are there for years and I’m not even sure how applicable they are, and at least they should be reconsidered.

Most specially I want to make things more robust and cohesive build/user experience-wise. Things such as integrating with travis to make sure the tests are run when a PR is submitted, make examples accessible/visible easily and also enable access to the examples source code in an easier way–I had this notion of maybe preparing some interactive editor sort of demo so people can play with tween.js without even downloading the library or going to codepen or jsfiddle or similar. Maybe moving all examples to that style too. I still have to think about that, but suggestions are welcome. Working example suggestions are even more welcome.

Also–if you think you can improve the documentation, feel free to go ahead and send patches. SEND ALL THE PATCHES, AND THANK YOU.

What have I been working on? (2014/02)

Looking at my todo.txt file, February has pretty much been my speaking-to-everyone month. I spoke to a lot of people from many different teams in Mozilla, and to a lot of people outside of Mozilla for interviews and conferences. Thankfully I also managed to sneak some coding time in it, and even some documenting time!
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