JUL
30
2003

kexi konqueror like tabbing and other goodies

lots of stuff is happening to kexi lately. (remember kexi is the database "frontend" in koffice).
first of all kexi is now (after jowenn's commit) provideing konqueror like tabbing see http://blogs.kde.org/node/view/108 for a screenshot.

JUL
30
2003

How community based development can blow away commercial efforts

Hi everyone,

It's fun to have this platform for developers and so I thought I'd put forward
an idea I've been trying to promote for some time that seems to not get much
traction in the community. Often I get a request that reads like can you add
auto completion support for [your favorite scripting language here]?
I
dilligently reply "I don't actually use that language and we have a policy
that these must be done by people who use them and can test them. However Quanta
is set up so that users can add a language using XML."
Now, please allow me
some small degree of indulgence here... but isn't it weird that given these facts

  • The program was free
  • XML should be part of a web developer's toolbox and no big deal
  • The idea of "community" means you'd think people would be both
    proud and anxious to do their part

Yet it is maybe one in four or less that will finally step up and put a few
hours into what is essentially making a tool their own. I'm not really surprised,
but I can't say I'm still not dissapointed.

JUL
30
2003

Apologies to the southern hemisphere

I recently noticed that handling of "Daylight Savings Time" (a.k.a. "Summer Time") did not work for any southern-hemisphere locations in KStars. I fixed it in HEAD and 3_1_BRANCH yesterday, a bit too late for 3.1.3, unfortunately (it will be in version M_PI if there is one ;) )

JUL
30
2003

Jogger interface for kdedevelopers.org?

What would you think about a Jogger interface for kdedevelopers.org?

For those who don't know Jogger, it is a Jabber component that allows you to post diary entries via any Jabber client, such as Kopete for example. To see it in action, you can see one installation at http://jogger.jabber.org.

JUL
30
2003

Kopete 0.7 and a Yahoo bug

How annoying. I fixed the yahoo bad account data log in bug that Bille (Will Stephenson) pointed out to me, but I can't commit for 0.7 because it has string changes. I suppose I shouldn't bitch much since i'm the one that imposed the string freeze. My original reasoning behind the string freeze was because it would give all the other kopete developers a small taste of what it would be like if/when kopete makes the move to kdenetwork. (not that we really needed the string freeze in the first place).

JUL
30
2003

KDE MUD Clients

So okay, what do I want from a MUD client?

a) Necessities
a1) Complete scriptability (better in Ruby or Perl, then Python, custom languages won't do)
a2) Bindable keys. Thats crucial since typing commands when you can bind it is a straight road to rip.

JUL
30
2003

Life, and other unfortunate incidents

So, what have I been doing while MIA?

I've moved house on 15min notice, for a start. I'm incredibly busy with school (assessment tasks, exams, you name it), and trying to get some work done while I still can. I don't even have a real net connection - if I drag my computer downstairs, I can get dialup to a NATed IP. Wa-hey.

JUL
29
2003

The configuration compiler

kdepim/libkdepim - (KDE CVS Commits)



This is going to be something really cool. I now have an example configuration dialog which is automatically generated from an XML description of the configuration options. This includes an automatically generated API to the configurations options for convenient access by the application, it will support all the fancy config stuff like immutable entries etc., and it provides a configuration dialog to edit the options without needing to write any additional code.

JUL
29
2003

The perfect editor

Hooray, there is a new NEdit release! Today the first release candidate of NEdit 5.4 was announced. There were three features I was missing from NEdit up to now:

  • Start scrolling before the cursor has reached the end of the screen to make sure you always have the overview of a few lines in advance
  • An option to show whitespace at the end of lines
  • Hiding the mouse pointer when you start typing

All these features are implemented now (and a couple more). I tried the new version and the new features and immediately liked it. That makes NEdit the perfect editor for me. Congratulations to the NEdit team for this marvelous job.

JUL
29
2003

An update on telescope control in KStars

KStars should have a decent telescope control by 3.2. The current client/server architecture in INDI is scalable and would be very handy in observatories or when controlling multiple telescopes. I haven't committed anything in quite a while as I have been moving from one location to another within town and will finally settle soon!

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