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Weekly Planning Meeting, 8/8

Highlights 8/08:

We met a lot of milestones this week, some big, some small. The 
big congratulations go to markm, for completing the first draft 
of the documents & links layer. Xanadu now supports a new hypertext 
feature: links! Consequently, the frontend developers will be 
able to charge ahead considerably more rapidly.

Having the documents & links layer also brings us within throwing 
distance of declaring an  Alpha version of the backend, though 
there are still several tasks to complete before then.

Congratulations also go to michael, for completing URDI hash; 
to dean, for implementing canopy splitting except for rebalancing; 
and to hill, for getting iterators running under 2.0, though 
they are not tested. And another congratulations goes to joel, 
whose second draft of the marketing plan is done, and is ready, 
I believe, for prime time; I'll let all the people at Xanadu 
know how to get a copy sometime this week.

A very big thanks goes to roger this week for coming up with 
the most important idea in our PERT triage, for getting to Beta 
and shrinkwrap in a reasonable time: he suggested that we seal 
off the Berts&Orgls layer of the interface until Release 1.1 
(or perhaps even 2.0). By sealing it off, we eliminate all Berts 
& Orgls upgrade tasks except the minimal set needed for the Document 
& Links interface.

Thanks also go to joel, for finding Bob Perez as a candidate 
for the third party support position. 

A complete report on the results of the triage, and the August 
casting of the PERT chart, will be forthcoming in the next few 

Welcome goes to Ravi, who reported for work a week earlier than 
expected. This is fortunate, since his line on the PERT chart 
was 4 months behind before he started; I have every confidence 
he'll be able to make up that 4 months in a week or two :-) Ravi 
has been added to the "us" group  and to the xanadu group.

Meetings: Dean, hill, markm, discuss relationship of ent and 
disk. Dean, hill, markm, figure out who should do enclosures 
when. Hill, talk with markm about implementing asTupleNoDuplicates. 
Dean, michael, discuss putting bombs in the translator. Michael, 
please tell marcs and joel about newsSpeak on performance. 

The big meeting this week will held to run Bob Perez through 
the Xanadu interviewing gauntlet, starting 11AM Monday.

Anyway, this week's task list is as follows:

A.     dean

x    8/08/89     assert when canopy splitting will be ready
x    8/08/89     give marcs new PERT task list
x    8/08/89     implement canopy splitting except rebalancing
     8/15/89     figure out canopy rebalancing
     8/15/89     specify ent test tools
     8/22/89     implement canopy rebalancing

B.      hill

x    8/08/89     portable regression tests
x    8/08/89     fix formic
x    8/08/89     iterators running under 2.0 but not tested
     8/15/89     reinstall bomb package 
     8/15/89     change formic, no recipe for deferred copy
     8/15/89     implement asTupleNoDuplicates
     8/17/89     postprocess markm's preAlpha to create Alpha(!)
     8/22/89     replace regions with enclosures
     8/22/89     grandmap

C.       hugh

x    8/08/89     flat document viewer crawling
     8/15/89     flat document viewer done
     8/15/89     descriptor creation

D.       markm

x    8/07/89     perform dbxtool 2.0 experiment
x    8/07/89     doc & links implemented
     8/15/89     finish testing doc & links
     8/15/89     implement follow
     8/15/89     should there be an assert macro with if and blast?
     8/15/89     fix pure virtual functions
     8/17/89     merge prealphas with hill to create Alpha

E.       marcs

x    8/08/89     interview bob perez
x    8/08/89     start new pert chart
x    8/08/89     prep for and conduct triage meeting
     8/10/89     patents discussion at autodesk
     8/14/89     disseminate mkt plan locally
     8/15/89     get Ravi started on both FE and office setup
     8/15/89     more detailed thoughts on FE
     8/15/89     check on P.O. for Nat 
     8/15/89     alert greg to sensitivity of ent design.
     8/15/89     beat sun about catalyst
     8/15/89     new PERT
     9/14/89     rough draft of AMIX/Xanadu frontend comparison
     9/21/89     rough draft AMIX/Xanadu integration plan
     9/21/89     start second round of patenting work
     9/27/89     racetrack

F.       michael

x    8/16/89     urdi hash
     8/08/89     urdi headers
     8/16/89     urdi-style writing
     8/29/89     URDI complete for sun 4

G.       ravi

     8/15/89     C++ and other tools running MS-DOS
     8/15/89     list PERT tasks

G.       roger

x    8/08/89     integrate smalltalk & C++
x    8/08/89     kick people on hard disks
     8/15/89     get compositors running under C++
     8/15/89     scrolling windows under C++
     8/22/89     variable fonts with nonoptimal redisplay
     8/22/89     textedit working
     8/22/89     link editing
     8/29/89     comparison working with bogus
     8/29/89     walker FE in C++, version 2, with bogus

H.       roland

x    8/08/89     deal with expect/detect xlint
     8/15/89     xlint & stubble working 2.0 
     8/15/89     run prealpha through xlint
     8/22/89     warning when class has destructor w/o constructor
     8/22/89     whole first-generation xlint operational
     8/22/89     deal with multifile xlint
     8/22/89     optimize xlint
     8/29/89     automatic documenter
     8/29/89     concurrency/exceptions in stubble
     8/30/89     write morphic for parameterized checking of "ofs"

I.       Bill

x    8/08/89     free up 300MB drives
     8/15/89     backup whole system
     8/15/89     fix mail with AMIX

J.       Lars

x    8/08/89     talk with swedish facilities management people

K.       Joel

x    8/08/89     interview for 3rd party developer
x    8/08/89     second draft of marketing plan
     8/15/89     agenda for lizzy
     8/15/89     graphics designer for new brochure
     9/01/89     new brochure (?)

L.       Unassigned

     Hire Developer Support Person
     Document X++
     Tumblers as subclass of partiallyOrdered
     tutorial for users on the frontend
     reference manual for users on the frontend
     test scaffolding, code exercisers
     rollin, rollout a la Univac
     subaccounts, permissions on FE
     sys admin, i.e., archiving and partitioning disks
     programmer's example