Very well said EdPh! Thank you
As for you Jmx, please read my post again and tell me whether you think it was fair and/or helpful to characterize me as a "whiner" and "nagger"? I was under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that I'd made an effort to be clear that I'm NOT ungrateful, and NOT ignorant of the challenges.
And to those of you who argue that just because Joomla is free and/or staffed by volunteers, it is impossible to set and meet deadlines, I think you’re kidding yourselves and selling Joomla short!
I have been involved in massive events involving hundreds of volunteers and totally inflexible deadlines. And each and every project has met its final deadline. So I know from personal experience that it is possible
for large volunteer organizations to set and meet deadlines.
I've also spent more than 20-years as a business consultant working-with and advising the highest levels of management in numerous large companies. And I can tell you with absolute certainty that most big companies and managers of major projects HATE uncertainty! So the ongoing snails-pace, and worse-still, lack of deadlines for Joomla's development is inevitably a major impediment to Joomla's adoption by major players.
No-doubt many people are happy to have Joomla be the CMS of choice for hobbyists. But I know that a great many others are trying to build real businesses around Joomla. Is that a mistake? Should we be looking elsewhere? Presently, it's impossible to know!
Personally, I have a large project that can’t be undertaken until 1.6 is released. This is not a hobby site. People's jobs are riding on whether or not 1.6 is released in a timely fashion. And no doubt other Joomla users have their own predicaments.
For that reason, I asked what I thought was a perfectly reasonable question:
Are any steps being taken to create faster and more predictable development time-frames for future releases?
Please note the tense. The question is not even about the 1.6 release!
With the right management and planning it would be possible
to create faster and more predictable development cycles. But of course that will only happen if the community emphasizes the need for this, and management takes the appropriate steps to fix or at least mitigate the current problems.
Finally, I want to make it crystal clear that I am grateful, VERY GRATEFUL
, to each and every person who has donated their time to this project!
My post was not intended as an exercise in "whining" or "nagging". It was a simple attempt to politely inquire about an issue that many users are legitimately concerned about.