Getting back to Fluid

Colin Clark colinbdclark at
Fri Nov 11 17:48:17 UTC 2011

Hey Charly,

Sorry for taking so long to respond back to you. Comments inline...

On 2011-10-26, at 4:04 PM, charly molter wrote:

> Now that university is little less busy and that you released 1.4 I finally can thank all of you for the really pleasant time I had during my summer working with you. Especially Colin and Heidi who showed me the ropes of Fluid Infusion and looked after my code, gave critics, advice and raised new bugs without ever complaining ;) . 

It was really great to have you working in the community, and I'm really impressed with the progress you made on your video player! How could we complain about awesomeness?

> It was so nice to work with you that I would like to continue to be part of the community. (as long as you want me :) ).
> However this year is quite busy for me and I won't be able to give as much time as I used to for the project. So I thought I could either keep on working on the video player but I don't think I'll be able to make it progress quickly enough (except if some people join me). 
> Otherwise I could try to work in minor parts of the development and fix bugs. I don't know what you think is best for the community...

It's up to you. If you'd like to keep working on the Video Player, that'd be great. Or if you'd like to contribute features or bug fixes to Infusion itself, we'd be happy to have your help there, too. 

There's been a lot of work going on with the UI Options component recently, and we're starting to build out a series of components that are complimentary to your video player work, providing a seamless and personalized Open Educational Resource delivery experience. So, in short, we'll weave together some of the Video Player components with UI Options, Universal Subtitles, and a simple content management system such as MediaWiki or WordPress. Perhaps something there will be interesting to you?

In the long run, we hope this will lead to a much bigger collaboration within the OER community related to social media delivery platforms and authoring.

> Concerning the videoplayer: 
> - I've made a pull request from my github repo with the code I worked on. 
> - I've also cleaned the issues that were related to the video player in Jira. 
> - They are a few bugs that were raised by Heidi and I didn't have to fix yet. I'll try to add them to Jira and fix them if possible.
> - I don't know what you planed on doing with the player but if you plan to put it a little more forward I've written quite a bit of docs at the end of the project I can hand it to you if you want.

The plan for the Video Player is to include it as part of what we're calling "Fluid Studios," an informal space for incubating ideas, experiments, student work, and promising new implementations. We're not sure if we'll use the Video Player or another tool for our Floe-related work, but it's going to be really interesting to see how it compares to other players out there, and whether we can weave together many of its components with other off-the-shelf tools out there.

I've been a bit distracted with travel and other project work, but I'm happy to review your pull request one last time and get all your great changes into the repository. It might take me a few more days, but I'm on it. Huge apologies for the delay; you definitely deserve the satisfaction of getting all your work into the main repository!

> I'm opened to any comments or suggestion on what I could do for the community! I'll try to pop as soon as possible on the IRC. 

Michelle, Justin, and Antranig all probably have some ideas for things you might want to contribute to within the broader community.

> Thanks again for the lovely summer I spent working with you

Thank you! It was really fun indeed!


Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project

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