The Fellowship of the "30 Day Challenge" bloggers (21 days to go)

by Mike on June 13, 2008

Just a small update on the progress of the 30 day challenge, with just three weeks remaining.

My Progress

There’s barely three weeks left (time has really flown by) before my application will be launched (and consumed) by the paying public. In this time, I still have to implement the web forms, get the API up and running and document and test it all. Plus, I’m going to “dogfood” this service on all my own software and that means pushing updates of my own desktop software out this month. Oh, I’m busy but exhilarated all the same.

You can see my progress online here: www.software-monitor.com. The site is lagging approximately 2-3 days behind its actual development and QA here. The next release to the website will be the login/user registration facility and the initial user dashboard / statistics viewing page.

Those that are familiar with my software will know that I’m a big fan of clean and neat interfaces. You should expect to see a high quality interface with the “heat sheet” on the front page with a drill-down facility. All this made easier, of course, with our sponsorship by Infragistics. Their awesome charting components look amazing. As soon as I’ve loaded the database with some sample data I plan to provide a guest login account so you can all come and check it out.

The “30 Day Challenge” so far

With the notable exception of the more prolific bloggers, I’ve not had as much feedback on my own project as I’d have liked and I’ve noticed there hasn’t been much profiling or track backing of other’s solutions generally amongst the 30 day challengers (if you’re reading this; please consider making an ‘other authors’ segment in your blog posts). In order to bring the fellowship of the bloggers back on track I’ve composed this little chart which shows where all the projects stand in terms of the 30 day challenge. I admit it’s not a race and a league table would be a little contrived as not everyone wants to release their screenshots or is ready to show some software at this stage. However everybody should have a project name and a list of coherent features by this point otherwise it’s impossible to determine “success” or “failure” of the challenge without providing metrics (although they may not have blogged about it). Please take this as motivation to get something published. So without further ado, here’s the table:

Other Authors Progress Roundup

Author Project Name Features Listed? Application
Screenshots?
Actual Software Shown? Released? Last Update
Scott Kane MixAction   a a a x June 13th
Steve Chorleton SMSRelay   a a a x June 9th
Mike Wilson Software Statistics   a a a x June 13th
Steve McLeod Poker Sidekick   a a a x June 13th
Colin M Music Tools   a a a x June 12th
Rafael Chaves TextUML Toolkit   a a a x June 12th
Philip Flores misvCRM   a a a x June 13th
Simon Shutter Schemax Calendar   a a x x May 31st
Richie Hindle Clickstop   a a x x June 13th
Tarek Demiati Master Time Tracker   a x x x May 29th
Bracken Mosbacker & Ben Jenkins’ Tower Prints   a x x x June 12th
Patrick Mckenzie Firefox Widget Creator   a x x x June 13th
? Runimal   a x x x May 28th
Susan Pichotta Alta Web Works   x x x x June 4th
Sohail Somani x   x x x x May 26th
Benji Smith x   x x x x June 13th
Steve Bushman x   x x x x June 4th
Sherrie x   x x x x May 31st

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