I just successfully used a web browser to get a list of news posts from the Volley server. This is essentially the last major milestone in implementing and demonstrating the core functionality.
I believe I could give someone this new HTTP plugin and they could drop it in their 1.0a3 server and it would work. I changed the way plugins are loaded so that the settings info (like the HTTP port number) is in the plugin instead of all in the global options.xml file, but it should be able to fall back on the default setting well enough.
So for the next while it’s just a matter of prettying things up: make the news web page look nice, work on the installation/first-run process, and all that.