One of the highlights of my work on Jamoma has been the workshops. Not only are they opportunities to visit interesting places, but they provide time and space to focus my efforts on coding with a set of truly remarkable collaborators. The workshops are unique in the way they get everyone involved in Jamoma energized about the project and propel things forward.
This summer was my turn to host. Four of my fellow developers travelled to the campus of Stetson University in July for a week of conversations and coding. The workshop was made possible through the support of our Professional Development Committee and the Office of the Provost.
During our time together, we made some bold decisions about the future of the project that I am hopeful will improve the project in significant ways. They include:
- Instead of 0.6-alpha, the next Jamoma release will be our 1.0-beta. There was a consensus that Jamoma has been in alpha long enough and now feels like it has a stable set of features. Moving to beta and then release will hopefully provide people outside the development team with more confidence in what we know to be a valuable tool for artist production.
- The C++ core will undergo a major refactor called jamoma2, with an aim of transitioning to a headers only library. This should provide a unique solution for audio processing and make the Jamoma Core easier to incorporate in the development of plug-ins or apps.