[Wtr-development] FireWatir

Bret Pettichord bret at pettichord.com
Wed Oct 6 12:13:56 EDT 2010

Well put.


On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 9:20 AM, Charley Baker <charley.baker at gmail.com>wrote:

> Firefox support and the challenges behind JSSH were the initial
> impetus behind moving to support and work with Webdriver. I saw the
> signs more than a year ago and decided we should move in that
> direction. Fortunately, Jari had the time and skill to take on that
> work and has done an amazing job. Webdriver also has the advantage of
> the inimitable Simon Stewart. :)
>  As Jarmo mentioned, Webdriver for all browsers is the plan for Watir
> 2.0 and 1.x will mostly fall into a maintenance mode, similar to
> Rails, Ruby, etc. There are enough outstanding gaps and issues in the
> current Watir codebase that I'd like to fix those before coming to an
> official stance of pure maintenance mode - the 1.6.6 release is an
> important milestone since it comprises fixes and features from the
> past year and sets the way for making it easier going forward for
> additional rolling releases.
>  We still do need to focus on closing the gap between Watir 2.0 and
> 1.x, adding compatibility where possible, eventually docs, etc so that
> people who choose to migrate have a reasonable path.
>  All of that said, the Watir userbase for 1.x is pretty substantial,
> so it is possible that development will continue by people who have a
> vested interest, hopefully focussed on backporting features from 2.0
> in the future.
>  I find myself in the unusual spot right now of having time off, so
> I'm not officially supporting either version of Watir for an active
> work related project. I do, however, keep in touch with the Gap,
> Facebook and other teams using Watir, all currently on 1.6.x. I'm
> hoping to spend some of my "free time" on Watir 2.0 as well. I think
> it's important that the core developers meet up and further nail down
> a more detailed road map soon.
>  Anyhow, that's my 2 cents. :)
> Cheers,
> Charley Baker
> Lead Developer, Watir, http://watir.com
> On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 7:05 AM, Jari Bakken <jari.bakken at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM, Simon Stewart <simon.m.stewart at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> BTW, if anyone's interested in contributing to help narrow the gap
> >> between what's expected and what actually happens, I'll be happy to
> >> work with you to get the commit bit. As would Jari, I'm sure.
> >>
> >
> > Absolutely!
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Bret Pettichord
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