FEB
21
2008

More microsoft specs

For those that missed it, Microsoft recently released some of the specs relating to their office suite (http://www.microsoft.com/interop/docs/OfficeBinaryFormats.mspx).

Naturally, they probably aren't everything we'd like to have (various people have suggested that they aren't complete, and I'd be surprised if there wasn't something omitted, more likely because of incomplete records than because of deliberate omission - the PR downside to deliberate omission becoming public would be a disaster).

FEB
3
2008

Plasma tutorial video - online

For those that missed Aaron's Plasma tutorial at linux.conf.au 2008, the good news is you can now view it online.



You can have slides, ogg video, or ogg speex:

JAN
10
2008

Code coverage tools - linux.conf.au BoF

Recent development has left me feeling a bit unhappy with part of my toolset - code coverage. I'm not especially interested in metrics (except as a guide to where to start) - rather in the detail.

gcov does part of the problem, but it really only works at the level of "lines executed", and doesn't do much for shared libraries.

JAN
4
2008

KCabinet - mostly working

I finally got the KCabinet class (in playground/libs/kcabinet) working.

DEC
17
2007

KCabinet

I've just checked in the start of a new class - KCabinet. Its in playground/libs/kcabinet for the morbidly curious. I'm not sure if it is really going to be right for kdelibs - need to get it a bit more mature before needing to make that decision.

The format is reasonably well documented, at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb417343.aspx, and there are other tools that can read it.

DEC
14
2007

Encryption support for okular OOo reader

You may (or may not) know that Okular can read the Oasis Open Document format (aka OpenOffice.org text format or OpenDocument). It doesn't render the document exactly as oowriter would, but it is quite a bit faster to start up :-) I tried to open an encrypted document with it though, and it failed. A couple of evenings later, and I have a patch that "fixes" Okular.

DEC
6
2007

Compound File Binary Format

Dear lazyweb,

I'm doing some research for a weekend KDE project, and you're all invited to help me :-)

Is there anything in KDE (or Qt4) that can read the Compound File Binary Format?

I'm also looking for code to borrow that can extract a file out of a CAB format file (I know about cabextract and its library version libmspack, but no-one packages libmspack, and I don't want to depend on a binary).

Suggestions welcome :-)

NOV
13
2007

linux.conf.au - you know you should....

linux.conf.au early-bird registrations close soon. Now would be an excellent time to register if you want to come along. I'm booked in...

There are a lot of cool looking talks - I'm personally planning to heckle at this talk :-)

This is really a great conference, and offers a great experience and opportunity to collaborate. I'm also looking to organise a KDE get-together (probably a lunch on the Saturday - we'll see how it looks closer to the event).

AUG
29
2007

QCA Test 2 release - about now.

As promised, QCA is getting close to final release.

Justin has just released "test2", which is the "all but final" version of 2.0.0.

AUG
22
2007

Qt Cryptographic Architecture - approaching final API

Justin Karneges recently released the "test1" version of QCA. Read the announcement here. There will be a "test2" release soon, and the final release is scheduled for 4 September 2007.

If you have an interest in crypto, or Qt APIs, or (ideally) both, note that we are providing Binary Compatibility and source compatibility from QCA 2.0.0 release for the duration of Qt4. If the API doesn't do what you need, now is the time to tell us. After 2.0.0 we will do additions, but nothing that will break BC.

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