Many apologies for the delay. I was too busy at the hackathon, but I have not forgotten about doing this release. I tried to do it just now, but the current
imagej-ops master branch has test failures. I am investigating now, and will reply back once they are fixed and a release has been made.
What we need most are more developers working on core infrastructure. I think grant proposals are the way to go for that. Worry not: multiple collaborating institutions are pursuing it.
That said, image analysts are well poised to help in several different ways!
- Improve the documentation at https://imagej.net
- Fix small/easy bugs you find in the code on GitHub
- File issues on GitHub when things don’t work
- Answer questions here on http://forum.imagej.net
- Take responsibility for one or more Fiji components by adopting a team role:
Support - Respond to support requests on public channels such as this forum
Reviewer - Look over and approve GitHub pull requests when they come in for your component(s)
Debugger - Investigate and debug problems with your component(s) when they are reported
Developer - Add new features to your component(s) upon user request
Lead, Maintainer - Make decisions about when to cut new releases and make them available to end users
One great example (among many) is @Christian_Tischer with Correct_3D_Drift. I highlight this component in particular because it is actually a Python script—you don’t need to master the Java language to get involved with component development and maintenance.
One thing I want to emphasize is that it is very helpful to strive for centralized documentation and online resources. Creating your own tutorial in your own GitHub space is great, but much less visible and accessible than adding to the official ImageJ tutorials. Same thing with doing your own blog post, or external documentation on your web site, or running your own ImageJ workshop with your own workshop materials. Those things are all good, but much better is to contribute it to the appropriate central resource—e.g., the Presentations page of the ImageJ web site.