[texworks] Fun facts to the 1000th commit

Anne Wainwright anotheranne at fables.co.za
Fri May 18 20:55:19 CEST 2012


Just to say thank you for all the effort put into TexWorks over the past
years. I am new to tex but am finding applications where I do not know
how else I would be able to do what I am doing with the great results
that I am getting out at the end of it.

I use this in my bookdealing where we catalogue books for sale as an
adjunct to our shop sales. We specialise in books on Africa and post
catalogue around the world. We have for many years done this as a plain
text email, but now look to making the output look of a better standard.
This we did long ago on our website but have not been keen to move our
email to html format. The idea of a pdf attachments seems a better way
even if initially only to those requesting it. Every one can read a pdf
I think, but html emails can raise issues for many recipients.

For the record I take data out of a very old database and run it through
one of my perl scripts to convert it into different formats such as
text, delimited, html, and now tex! I can plonk my texed file into the
middle of an article.tex and within a very short time have a nice pdf
catalogue to send out to those people that want them.

Keep up the great work.

I have some minor issues but I'll  post seperately on those.


On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 07:33:26AM +0200, Stefan Löffler wrote:
> Hi all,
> 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
> 2nd, 2007
> 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 [1]. It is mostly put under the
> GPLv2, which means you can use and modify it as you like with very few
> restrictions.
> These fun stats have been brought to you by SLOCCount [2] and ohloh [3].
> BTW, if you are so inclined and have an ohloh account, you can express
> "I use this" there [3]. 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!
> Cheers,
> Stefan
> [1]
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratis_versus_libre#.22Free_beer.22_vs_.22free_speech.22_distinction
> [2] http://www.dwheeler.com/sloccount/
> [3] https://www.ohloh.net/p/TeXworks

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