This initial effort later became PhantomJS, which was released for the first time in the beginning of 2011.
I spread the word about PhantomJS in the usual ways: I tweeted about it, I wrote blog posts on things you could do with it, I mentioned it during various discussions in meetups. When it became more well known in 2014, I started giving presentations about it.
The amount of time that I spend working on my open-source projects varies a lot. It can get up to five hours per week, and sometimes, it drops to zero. It largely depends on my other life commitments—work, family, kids, etc. Triaging issues and answering questions take a lot of time! Surprisingly, it takes up more than any actual coding.
Maintaining PhantomJS is similar to any kind of hobby projects: soothing and therapeutic. My projects become a good channel to explore my other creative sides, not bounded by a certain obligation.
PhantomJS in particular really helps me keep an eye on the progress of web platforms. Many open-source projects are not being used anymore after the first year of their existence, yet there are still users excited with PhantomJS after six years. So I will go on as long as someone continues to find it useful, and I keep learning new things.
"My projects become a good channel to explore my other creative sides, not bounded by a certain obligation."
The maintainer does not always have infinite time at their disposal. Not every project is equal; some projects do not have the backing of paid and unpaid engineers working non-stop on every single problem or answering every single question.
This is not a single moment, but I'm always happy when I'm going to a meetup and someone tells me that they find PhantomJS useful for them. It is a relief that my effort has not been wasted.
I'm always happy when I'm going to a meetup and someone tells me that they find PhantomJS useful for them.
Plato once said, "Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
No project is perfect and it is absolutely fruitless to please everyone. As long as your project keeps making progress (no matter how small it is), do not get discouraged by any kind of unfavorable color commentary.
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