[texworks] Fun facts to the 1000th commit
st.loeffler at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 07:33:26 CEST 2012
I think it's time to celebrate. A few hours ago, Charlie broke the
barrier of 1000 commits. That makes 1000 changes to TeXworks since
Jonathan started it - or 1000 improvements (hopefully ;)).
I thought this would be a good time to share some fun facts about
TeXworks with you:
TeXworks has been around for a while: Jonathan started it on September
As you hopefully know, TeXworks is cross-platform and runs on Windows
and MacOS X as well as many Linux distributions
Currently, Tw is written mostly in C++ (13916 lines)
The development effort for TeXworks is estimated somewhere between 4 and
5 person-years. Which is pretty good, given that the project runs for <5
years with just one active developer for the larger part of that time
(thankfully, this situation has changed recently). Especially if one
considers that a large part of the project has not been work-for-hire
but instead been worked on in everyone's spare time.
Relatedly, TeXworks "value" (=cost of development) is estimated between
250 000 $ and 575 000 $.
TeXworks is free as in free speech . It is mostly put under the
GPLv2, which means you can use and modify it as you like with very few
These fun stats have been brought to you by SLOCCount  and ohloh .
BTW, if you are so inclined and have an ohloh account, you can express
"I use this" there . I'd be interested to learn more about the most
important asset of the projects: you, its user community. How many
people actually use TeXworks? For what work (personal/fun, university,
books, work, ...)? For what purpose? So far, interaction with you is
mostly limited to this mailing list, where people naturally typically
ask for help ;).
So, here's to the next 1000 commits and a bright future!
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