Something New #26 – Write a Design Spec

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March 20, 2011 by Darlene McC

My part-time job involves working with the Sahana Software Foundation on the Agasti project’s Mayon branch, and on Friday Google announced that SSF has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2011! That, combined with a few other community building opportunities, means the Mayon project needs to fling the doors open and have something for all these hands to work on; and those of us closest to the project have had to step up and get some work done.

Saturday morning was spent writing design specs for new modules for Mayon.  It’s probably not that exciting for anyone not interested in Emergency Management, HFOSS, or PHP programming, but I started by developing this spec template over the last few weeks and then fleshing it out: like this Volunteer Management spec.

Hopefully we’ll get a great batch of students for GSoC and a healthy injection of other volunteers this summer to help flesh out Mayon and make it a viable (free) planning tool for Emergency Managers all over the world.

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