Building a Songbird Add-On: Part 0
After complaining about alphabetization in music libraries for — wow — almost a year, I’ve decided it’s time to do something about it.
To make the task appear less daunting, I’ve broken it up into many milestones of marginal improvements. If I follow this timeline, the plugin will be usable and released to the public as Constellations v0.1 on July 27.
|Milestone||ver||Description||Target Date||Actual Date|
|i||0.0.1||display all artists in a vertical list||08 Jun 2009|
|ii||0.0.2||display most recent Last Played value for each artist||15 Jun 2009|
|iii||0.0.3||display total Play Count for each artist||22 Jun 2009|
|iv||0.0.4||vary font sizes according to total artist Play Count||29 Jun 2009|
|v||0.0.5||vary font colors according to total artist Play Count||6 Jul 2009|
|vi||0.0.6||vary font colors according to Last Played||13 Jul 2009|
|vii||0.0.7||arrange artist names left-to-right instead of vertically||20 Jul 2009|
|viii||0.1||focus first of the artist’s tracks in the playlist pane when the artist’s name is clicked||27 Jul 2009|
|ix||0.1.1||resize/re-color based on play frequency instead of play count||10 Aug 2009|
|x||0.2||options window that alternates between which variable is assigned to which font property||31 Aug 2009|
I’m going to create a separate blog to track my progress on this, for several reasons:
- Threat of shame. If I emphasize publicly that I am going to do this, and I fail, I’ll be kind of embarrassed. Hopefully that will motivate me to actually complete the project.
- To encourage plagiarism. Look, I’ll admit that I’d be proud if the add-on that comes out of this bore my name. But ultimately, I don’t care. If somebody sees what I’m doing, likes it, wants it to be their own, and knows they can beat me to it, then great. At least we’ll have the add-on.
If you feel like mocking me or encouraging me you can email me at email@example.com, leave/follow comments on this post, or visit my dedicated Constellations blog to see where I’m taking this and how quickly I fail.