Russ is a very patient product manager. Some would fume over delay, some would rant and rave, but Russ doesn't do any of those things.
Last December, when I told Russ it would take a few weeks to get 4.1.2 ready for release, he visited me in the coding cave and brought some supplies. As he rolled the boulder across the entrance, he called out that he had actually provided two months of supplies. I think that we can all agree that this was above and beyond the call of duty.
In fact, Russ underestimated what could be done with flour and baking powder, and those two months of supplies lasted until the beginning of March. Around that time, after the rat attack, I also ran out of candles. Fortunately the release was almost ready. After it was complete, Russ not only arranged to have the boulder rolled away, he was even waiting outside with a meal and some medical attention (for the rat bites).
See the netCDF web page for information about the new release, and to get a copy.
I hope to do releases a lot more frequently in the future. The 4.1.3 release should come in about 3 months. I love my coding cave, but I also like to see the sky at least three or four times a year. That means a branch of the code at the end of May, with hopefully the following features:
- refactored and much simpler build system (almost done on branch ed).
- netCDF disk-only files (to support gridspec and opendap).
- support for the new super-large format developed by the parallel-netcdf team.
- more hdf5 interoperability tweaks.
- start to switch documentation to doxygen.
- documentation fixes.
- upgraded libcf distribution.