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Last Thursday and Friday the Zarafa development and support teams hijacked the main meeting room and converted it into the command center for the two-day Hackathon event. In an intensive combined effort all participants tackled various improvements and bug fixes for the Zarafa ZCP. To avoid distracting excursions to the coke machine the team set up a loaded refrigerator in the command center. Sufficient supplies of Club Mate, Red Bull and wide selection of German beers were available for an enduring session. The team joined into a key note from Eddie Izzard's "Encore on Computers".
A hackathon without any detailed preparation is just a disaster waiting to happen. With a month of preparation in organization and development we have been looking forward to this dedicated Hackathon sprint. Clean up of Jira from really obsolete tickets and narrowed down to urgently required or often requested enhancements. This already resulted in a steep peak in the chart of closed issues. Especially the larger parts required some time before in preparation so the teams joining Hackathon could entirely focus on the finalization of implementation.
Among the improvements were:
In numbers the results are 629 commits, 17409 lines changed and 20 merges. Furthermore an advanced search prototype was set up to evaluate the integration of alternative search engines.
In the breaks some team members shared impressions from past demo party presentations and diverted into discussions about GPU powered 3D and fractal rendering while grabbing a bite of pizza.
This was our Hackathon in retrospect. Do you have any suggestions or ideas for our next Hackathon? Please drop them below in the comments!
Mike & Ryan