Jul 13, 2012

OpenPomo development has stopped

Time to admit it. I do not have the time to continue the development of OpenPomo.

It has been funny to start the (probably) first non-trivial Pomodoro Android project ever.
OpenPomo development started on October 2009 as a University project, under the name Pomodroid. I don’t even remember when it was first released to the public, as opensource software. My commitment to the project has been enormous for the first two years.
Unfortunately, my Master of Science studies (and all the internships, and the regular jobs) required too much time and my commitment progressively decreased.

Seven months ago, I thought I could re-catch the wave. I was annoyed by some other projects copying the name of Pomodroid and delivering low quality Pomodoro timers for Android. The project was renamed to OpenPomo. I even tried to create a Donate/Pro version and a simple version. There were big plans. I wanted to release different OpenPomo apps, each one dedicated to a different synchronization service.
The problem is, I do not have the time for it. No more. I am more and more involved in academic research. I am doing some nice websites in collaboration with a terrific graphic designer. I am trying to find the time to not let go my bass guitar, too. Then, there is the real life out of there that wants my attention. And it deserves it.

OpenPomo Java code is old and somewhat ugly in some points. Even if I applied so many techniques to keep the code readable, it was still my very first Android project. Many methods and Android APIs/graphics are either old, or used in the wrong way. I do not have the time to enhance the old code, nor I have the time to re-write the project from scratch.

OpenPomo / Pomodroid has been so fun for me, by the way. It attracted more than 5000 user installs. I am moved that so many people at least tried this App. It also attracted two trademarks infringement notices. I am also sick of aggressive trademarks protection strategies requesting immediate changes on the source-code, because you forget things like writing Fabulous Trademark Name®. However, this is the law and how copyright/trademarks work. Even if you are a student releasing an open-source project without profiting on it. Screw that, this is no more my problem now.

I would like to thank all the users of Pomodroid/OpenPomo.
All of you, even those who left a negative but constructive feedback. Well, not all of you. Those who left negative but non-constructive (=destructive) feedbacks deserve a “go f#ck yourself, you ignorant. Learn to code and build your own software. Then wait for b##ches like you to complain without telling you how to enhance things you build in your free-time. Go to hell.”.

That was liberating.
Special thanks go to Thomas Schievenin, who started the Pomodroid university project with me, three years ago.

I would be so much happy if other developers take ownership of the project or simply continue to work on it. If you would like to, just fork the project on GitHub. Remember to respect the software license (i.e., keep it FOSS).
If somebody is interested or needs something more to know, I am at disposal. Just contact me.

Starting from now, OpenPomo (and Pomodroid) are un-published from Google Play.

Goodbye OpenPomo. It was a pleasure.

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

  • peng wang Jun 23, 2016 Reply

    Chinese,26 year old ,working in a huge internet company in china,i can give a try

    • Daniel Graziotin Jun 24, 2016 Reply

      Absolutely. Simply fork the project and give it a go. Good luck!

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