I haven’t done post on the most popular ideas on Mix since November. Back then, they were:
Well, guess what? Since November, the same two ideas have stayed at 1 and 2. If you’re interested, rounding out the top five are:
The theme here is Ruby developers heart Macs. We did our part, and Number 3 and Number 5 have been fixed in Mix over the last few months. Aside from votes, the comments for these ideas showed how popular they really are among Mix members. Numbers 1, 2 and 4 have 35, 35 and 17 comments respectively.
Early on, Kuassi Mensah commented on the top idea, i.e. “We need the Oracle clients (OCI, JDBC) for the Apple Intel OSX platform”, that product development was hoping to release the OCI and JDBC-OCI drivers during the first quarter of 2008.
As that date draws closer, you can tell from comments that people were restless. Last night, Kuassi posted an update, stating that the drivers are delayed by a couple weeks, but that he can provide early access for folks who cannot wait until April.
A few things to note here:
- Thanks to Kuassi for responding to the demands of the community and for providing early access.
- This represents the first product-based idea to be “implemented”. I can’t claim that Mix put it on the product roadmap, but I can claim that Mix accelerated it by giving the community a voice.
It may be a bit premature to called this idea implemented, since the drivers are not yet GA. However, Kuassi deserves credit for opening an informal beta program and answering the community’s demands.
As Mix grows and more product teams use it to poll their users, I hope to have more implemented success stories.
What do you think about Mix as a way to determine what to build? What about these Mac drivers? Sound off in comments.