SEP
20
2016

Kexi 3 Beta 1 + libs

Cool, Kexi 3.0.0 Beta 1 and related libraries have landed, ready for testing and packaging. Please find downloads and change logs at https://community.kde.org/Kexi/Releases/3#3.0.0_Beta_1

As usual report bug and wishes are welcome, details at https://community.kde.org/Calligra/File_a_bug_or_wish.

SEP
3
2016

KDb 3, KProperty 3, KReport 3, Kexi 3 and special offer during Akademy

We're pretty close to "beta" releases of the KDb 3, KProperty 3, KReport 3 frameworks as well as Kexi 3, the data-oriented app creator. So while I am not in person @ Akademy I though a "special offer" during this special time would be in order: if anyone has questions or needs assistance in planning port to one of the APIs offered, ping me on IRC or mail me. And also later :)

What's in the box and when to use the toys:

JUN
1
2016

KEXI 3

Two pictures worth thousands of SLOCs^w words.

All the modernization KEXI 3 receives these months may be enough to start using upper case letters for the name :)

Spolier: 0% of mockups here, top picture: kexi.git master, bottom picture: to-be-published GUI.

FEB
3
2016

Hidden b.k.o-phab links

Well, consider them unhidden now: if you missed a structured place to link bugs.kde.org big/wish reports with KDE Phabricator tasks, look no further.

NOV
10
2015

Kexi 3 object icons

Intro or what are Kexi objects?

Kexi objects are the top-level entities of type Table, Query, Form, Report, Script or Macro. They are compared to perhaps separate document types except of course they are not physical files (in Kexi nothing touches physical files except the database that handles the actual storage but this is rather an implementation detail).

The latter two objects aren't in official use: Script is experimental and subject to rework; Macros (MS Access style, see old dev docs) are only planned.

If you're new RAD world, for info on what these types of objects are, google for MS Access objects. Many of its concepts and naming make sense with the exception of Modules -- Kexi tends to use Scripts term instead.

OCT
11
2015

Cool features in Kexi 2.9.8

This week database apps builder Kexi that competes with MS Access and Filemaker has been released with cool new features.

Version 2.9.8 finally fixes world's issues with SQL! 22 typical scalar functions now work portably across SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL. No other general purpose software I know does this.

Here's the list and it will be growing:

AUG
3
2015

git-worktree

[Skip if you're not a git user]

You will often want to have more than one build environment in parallel, for example if you want to work on stable and various feature branches. Recommended way so far was to use a git-new-workdir script. This solution saves space (e.g. ~300MiB for a calligra branch instead of ~1200MiB) and time.

JUN
23
2015

Kexi 3!

I am happy to say that Pre-Alpha edition of ‪Kexi‬ 3.0 runs nicely already after like 3 weeks of porting! Especially its tabular view work out of the box for me after fixing the last compilation error with zero fixes needed in the functionality.

Porting for the porting itself would not be an interesting goal. As you see on the picture Kexi 3.0 uses KDE Frameworks 5. With Qt 5.4 it's More compact, faster, closer to mobile devices. And a 1st class citizen called Windows version has to come to reach the wide audience.

NOV
30
2014

Table View and Report Barcodes junior jobs

Kexi has improved quite a bit since the last time, especially in Reports. We're close to supplementary 2.8.7 release within Calligra, then 2.9 will follow and Qt5/KF5-based 3.0 with a shiny mask.

We're about to reach the point where it's very very hard to find comparable Free Software reporting tool in terms of usability. If you don't know why reporting software may be useful, try to generate 50 or 500 pages PDF out of structured data with just mouse clicks and no programming. Get the report file generated in 2 seconds or less. Or print the report directly without creating intermediate PDF or ODF or HTML files that will pollute your computer... It's data that matters.

OCT
27
2014

Beyond the color pickers

Andy, thanks so much for picking up the topic of color pickers (pun intended).

I'd like to discuss cases when accuracy is not as important at results. In this case there's a problem of abundance of choice. You don't have time to quickly and correctly pick one from the 16777216 colors. Plus alpha value? Come on! Whenever you're confronted with a photoshop/gimp-like color picker you either choose random color, or single color that's globally predefined in a palette. I also understand that very few 'casual' users maintain own palettes for consistency.

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