The software team

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Dec 06 2004 - 12:23:02 CST

On Dec 6, 2004, at 7:39 AM, Fred McLain wrote:
> Frankly Aurthur, I believe you are mistaken here. I presume you're
> talking about 2005, not 2004. If, and only if, a state can make their
> election requirements visible, we can produce a voting system for Utah
> or North Carolina in less then 7 months. The developers here can do
> that, but we have to have concise requirements from the responsible
> parties. We're clearly the best choice, we need to demonstrate that
> again.

Excellent points, Fred! I'm 100% in agreement with everything you wrote
here. A lot of people new to the project--but also Arthur, who has
been with it a long time--become critical of what the SW developers
have "failed to do"... there must be something wrong with the skill
level, or focus, or whatever.

> I want to correct a misconception. The people developing the software
> are not the bottleneck here. It's the plan that is missing.

This is where Fred makes a particularly important point.

Yeah, it might be nice to have firmed up the demo a little after then
April public showing. Sure, I feel a little guilty myself about not
banging on Liam's excellent StrongBox packaging of the stuff. Right,
ballot definitions should be more generic, and not so hard-coded. And
it is true that some of us got a little burnt out after putting the
basic demo together.

But in principle, with a clear specification, and especially with a
moderate amount of funding, the folks who worked on the demo could
quite efficiently produce a working voting system. I personally think
Fred's recent suggestion about the advantages of Java over Python in
doing this are misguided (more for political/copyleft reasons than for
technical ones, but Java will never be as RAD as Python either)... but
that's a quibble, and whatever the details, we could easily do it.

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