I have done some things recently which have a lot of instant gratification, and curb appeal. The DVD installer is prettier and should end up easier to use than prior stuff. The video detection opened up a LOT of previously unavailable hardware opportunities for use with LMCE.
A lot of people have told me I'm cool. It makes me feel pretty inside.
Then I look over at golgoj's nic. Awake and plugging away when I am. Handling complaints about software he is writing in languages unknown to other devs, with no support outside of that which involves the existing system. He is in uncharted territory, building from scratch... and nobody has really picked up the invitation to help him (outside of Merk of course). He is unshaken by this, and when he encounters a problem, learns the language behind the problem and carries on.
The base code was there for everything I have done, except the dvd thing which I had a lot of existing other projects to steal from... and... it's just bash scripting. I can type #bash in IRC if I have a problem, and there are 15 experts who dump a solution I have been working on for hours or days in a couple of seconds. Golgoj IS one of the top guys in the qt channels. He has to understand the core architecture of LMCE, learn C++, js, qt, QML, mysql, build it all from scratch and make it all work... and people seem to be more complaining than alerting about problems.
So... while I am very happy with myself and my pet projects... they are NOTHING like the scope of things golgoj is doing, with little adulation or fanfare. Once I am satisfied that my projects are not causing any problems whatsoever, I will be helping him full time. I really do thank you all for your support of my instant gratification exercises... but... when you think about it... give golgoj the props. His stuff is a lot harder, without the YAY factor, and will end up completely changing how this project interacts with the users.
All hail Langston.
You f!@#$in rock.