A 3.3.6 beta just a few weeks after 3.3.5? What’s going on?
A couple of things. First, it fixes some show stopper bugs for a few people. Second, its adds
a feature you might care about – you can set the font and stroke color for native widgets like edit_line, edit_box, button, list_box and switch (except for BSD – it’s too special). I’ve been working on that feature for a long time – time to let people test it and I can get to other things.
I have also done a lot of work to clean up Shoes from a maintainer point of view. Why? Because I have been diagnosed with oral cancer and I wanted shoes internals to be clean(er) if someone else has to replace me as maintainer. Today I got the treatment plan and while nothing is scheduled yet, I’ll probably survive. I know people are curious about these things so I’ll share some information.
Almost 5 years ago I had neck cancer which involved chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Clever people might connect the dates and think I started maintaining Shoes 3 after that ‘event’ for something to do while waiting to learn if they got all the cancer out of my neck. They would be correct. Three years later (2016) I’m pronounced cured and I’m also deep in have fun with Shoes.
I don’t know when exactly but I’ll have to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA where they will cutout a chunk of my right jawbone and rebuild the jaw with a chunk of bone take from my lower leg. I’ll be there for at least a week, probably more. I know these things don’t heal all that fast so I’ll be miserable for a least a month. But, I’ll probably survive and I don’t have to suffer months of chemotherapy or radiation. Pick your misery! I’m good with this option. So one day my attention to Shoes will drop to zero and maybe a few weeks or a month later I’ll return to Shoes.
It goes without saying but I will say it again – we can always use to folks to help with Shoes 3.