Hawk / Ftwalk History
A More Personal Reflection:
Note: The following was written in 1999. It provides a small amount of insight into the state and activity level of Ftwalk (not much changed, see News):
I, Tom Hull, wrote Ftwalk, mostly in 1994-95 when I attempted to bootstrap a little software company (imaginatively named "Hull Software"). In theory, my company would specialize in tools and perhaps dabble in a little consulting. Ftwalk was meant to be just the first of many small tools, but as things turned out Ftwalk was overdeveloped and underhustled, and Hull Software was a bust.
Several things led to the overdevelopment, including:
Other than myself, that is. I use it interactively, as a calculator. I use it to prototype code. I use it to munge baseball statistics. (See The Big Bad Baseball Annual 1999.) So this finally returns me to the original scratch-your-itch rationale for writing free software: Ftwalk is my favorite toy. I'm happy to share it. You are welcome to use it; run with it if you like.
At this point I cannot predict whether Ftwalk will have any future. I can imagine three scenarios:
The problem is that, at this stage, Ftwalk feels like a huge amount of work wasted. I have other things that I can or should be doing, and perhaps it is time to move on.