MAY
31
2007

Google Gears

Google uses the same db backend as Kexi for offline operations.

I mean: SQLite.

http://code.google.com/apis/gears/api_database.html

Interesting times. This makes it possible to implement live connectivity to offline resources from KOffice and KDE itself. Then, after going online, the data can return to Google's server. With KexiDB it could also be automatically exported/replicated to your very own database, no matter it is MySQL, PostgreSQL or ODBC-compliant backend.

MAY
25
2007

Definition of "Open Standard" in the European Union

Adam Gierek's report on Innovation (INI/2006/2274: "Putting knowledge into practice: A broad-based innovation strategy for Europe") has been adopted in plenary this Thursday 24 May with amendments.

MAY
15
2007

KMediaWiki ;)

Thanks to help from danimo, I've grabbed techbase's nice MediaWiki Oxygen web skin and turned it into a regular KDE web/news site skin in Poland (the result: kde.org.pl, dot article). What means that unlike on techbase, which is aimed at more collective editing, kde.org.pl has left hand menu as well wiki tools are accessible and visible only for logged-in users. So it is more like kde.org.

APR
11
2007

QWizard v4

BTW, new Qt4.3's QWizards's field system (see QWizard::field()) looks really useful. It is a clean version of approach to the one we discussed last year -- where we refer to pages/data widgets by name (or ID) and not by pointer.

APR
6
2007

Search, DB App Templates and More

There were at least 17 internal test releases since December 2006 in my company before so called 2007.1 release emerged (in user-oriented naming scheme). Dealing with customers is going pretty well - people (including those from the USA) have inexpensive tech support and extensions on request.

All this happens in parallel with preparing the KDE 4 version, 2.0.

MAR
27
2007

KDE Forms in Your Browser

How to get more developers on our board? No doubt, it's easier to get them as we support more languages. Kross helps to utilize this strategy, especially for Python, Ruby, Javascript and (soon/less or more) Java developers.

There is however a large group of developers without any big KDE offer available. PHP devs. How to make them wow "hey, KDE makes my live easier as PHP user!"? Neither I am thinking about PHP-bindings - like php-gtk - it's so artificial IMHO, nor about dev environments for preparing scripts and managing web projects like Quanta.

OCT
3
2006

Kudos to Marcus and the aKademy team!

Someone on the dot asked about Marcus Furlong -- "I didn't know him, where're his code contributions?". Well. Sometimes I think writing code is so much "safer" activity: you can delay your release, you can keep stuff uncommited or not working, and find at least dozens reasons to justify that. Try to do the same with recent Marcus' task! No way. You need to work in real time. People will not wait.

SEP
11
2006

Finally: MS really, really supports ODF

We've been waiting for this step. Read on to discover how clever it is.

Short version: MS now encourages you to make all your data ODF-compatible. Period.

Long version, after the /. article:

"If you have compression activated on any folder, 
 then the compressed data is at risk from corruption.
 New files that are close to a multiple of 4K in size 
 will have their last 4,000 bytes or so overwritten 
 with 0xDF."

Noticed that? 0xDF.

SEP
11
2006

Database-aware slider widget

Today something more lightweight than usually.

New database form widget has arrived: slider has been developed for Kexi, as a tutorial for
the polish edition of Software Developer's Journal. The widget is usable when data is restricted to a given interval, and in the tutoral it is provided witin a custom widget factory (i.e. an extension, plugin) to show how to implement such thing and let Kexi find it.

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