Hi and happy new year to all Task freaks.
Last year was a very busy year for me. Since 2010 was not a good one for me company, I had to tfocus on paid projects to keep my company alive. And 2011 has been pretty successful in this matter. Unfortunately it took me away from TaskFreak.
But I'm starting 2012 with a good cash flow and lots of ideas for the task manager web app.
As you know, things have moved in the industry, with the growth of cloud services and no-SQL databases, more mobile use than ever, and a better support of HTML5 and CSS3 by browsers (even though IE is still behind but catching up). There are also a few new actors in the project management field, bringing interesting ideas and solutions.
Lately i've studied mongoDB, and the cloud, as well as API centered applications. My other projects also took me closer to the mobile technology.
Now the current TF! version is still based on a code created in 2005, and is obviously pretty obsolete. It is time to move to new technologies. I beleive API centered apps is the way to go, as they provide a great way for developers to extend the project and access data without having to worry about the base code.
MongoBD also gives me a better view on creating sub apps and adding more features as the project grows, without having to worry about tables structures. Sure we will have to provide a tool to migrate data from mySQL to Mongo, but it's worth it.
A few developers and designers have contacted me to work on the project. That will help having a great app ready.
TaskFreak time tracking will be dropped. And the classic version should disappear soon too. There will be only one version for TaskFreak, with plugins and extensions so you will be able to choose if you want an app focussing on time tracking, document sharing, etc.
I'm also going to open a blog for me and other developers to post and share ideas and get feedback.
Stay tuned, follow TaskFreak! on twitter and feel free to keep using the forum. Although I don't answer as often as I would like to, I do read all posts.