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Curtis Rueden

Curtis Rueden is a research software engineer at LOCI. He is the principal architect of ImageJ2, and the current maintainer of the Fiji distribution of ImageJ.

Community support pledge

The ImageJ community generates a lot of support activity! Forum posts, bug reports, chat room messages, and mailing list threads, and more. I want to help, but it’s rather overwhelming, especially taken together with new development efforts and collaborations that are always ongoing.

If you are reading this, perhaps you have posted issues or support requests that have gone unanswered for weeks, months, or even years. I want to change that, and am working on process improvements to make it easier for the core ImageJ2 team to respond to every support request within one work day:

  • Better component status overview. The site status.scijava.org is a developer-oriented view of the status of every component in the SciJava Bill of Materials, especially components built on pom-scijava. I am expanding the scope of the component table to include a summary of support requests, issues, pull requests, etc., per component, in a way that will foster accountability for the people maintaining each component.

  • Community Mondays. In the meantime, I am personally focusing every Monday on answering support questions. I can’t keep up with everything, but I can try to make some small impact by responding to as many requests as I can. Unfortunately, until the status.scijava.org work is complete, I won’t always succeed in prioritizing items in a fair order, but I’m doing my best.

What is Curtis working on?

Last updated: 2022-Sep-16

Weekly allocation of effort

Day Focus
Mon Community support (forum topics, issues)
Tue Fiji maintenance (PR queue)
Wed thru Fri New development: SciJava Ops

Immediate priorities

Short-term priorities

  • Integrate PyImageJ with the ImageJ launcher. (see also this forum discussion)
  • Upgrade component stack to Java 11/17. (with Stephan Saalfeld) Migrate ImageJ2 and Fiji to ship with Java 11 or 17 (roadmap), with a Maven-based ImageJ update site generator to simplify creation and maintenance of update sites.
  • Better javadoc.scijava.org. (scijava/pom-scijava#130)

Medium-term priorities

Longer-term priorities

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