AUG
12
2003

KDE, Ruby and everything

Well, my home KDE went mad and started crashing and hanging everywhere, the last and the most disappointing was menu selection hanging the machine tightly. Rebuilt whole system from scratch with much-much lighter CFLAGS (i.e. used -mcpu=athlon-xp -O1 instead of -march=athlon-xp -O3 |:=))
Now it works like a charm and not a bit slower than before.
While KDE was out of business my g\f found a home accounting program for win32 and guess what, this is the best home accounting software I've ever seen before. It includes a handy entry tool and useful graphs that display your income/expense as pie charts with separation into categories (screenshot pending). Seems like I have something to port to KDE.
My regular job takes all of my time leaving no gaps to play KDE anymore. The rest of the time I spend with my 3-month-old daughter. So I don't expect too much work on KDE side, but seems like I gonna install internet connection in September so I could have some immediate access to docu and collective developers mind from home, this will help me with development alot |:=)
On my regular job I'm playing with Ruby, and I love the language more and more every day. This is something I can call a language of my dream. Its elegant as Lua was elegant to me some time before, including easy bindings to C-like languages. Its handy as Perl is handy to script writers - actually, I transferred a bunch of ugly Perl scripts into a single Ruby script in one day and its much-much better and more flexible than it was before |:=).
Unfortunately, I was unable to test qtRuby bindings, so mixing Ruby with KDE is left for some time later.
Btw, found an awesome alternative library of Ruby software: http://freepan.org/ruby/by-cat/ (alternative wrt RAA)
Oh yes, reading a book in Xtreme Programming now and I've got an idea for a decentralized helper tool. Tool that will track the development in a server-less manner within a group of developers. WASTE looks like a good pretendent for a communication framework, since it is group-oriented and supports encrypted communication. Anyone vote for a better toolkit?

ps/ Nullsoft has terminated their license for WASTE ( http://www.nullsoft.com/free/waste/ ). Pity. But idea is still there and iirc I still have their demo sources somewhere |:=)

Comments

>I still have their demo sources somewhere |:=)

Be really carefull with what you do. I'm not sure what you mean with "demo sources" but if you mean the code that was in that page you could be accused of violating copyrights and I wouldn't like KDE involved in such things. The page clearly states

"if you downloaded or otherwise obtained a copy of the Software, you acquired no lawful rights to the Software and must destroy any and all copies of the Software, including by deleting it from your computer. Any license that you may believe you acquired with the Software is void, revoked and terminated. "
" Any reproduction, distribution, display or other use of the Software by you is unauthorized and an infringement of Nullsoft's copyright in the Software as well as a potential violation of other laws. "

I hope you'll keep in mind this :-)


By KDE User at Tue, 08/12/2003 - 22:29