AUG
2
2004

I would hate you a lot clee

Clee, I'm dead set against you (or anyone else) splitting up kdelibs. This is a poor idea for a large number of reasons which have pointed out before.

JUL
24
2004

KasBar 3NG

I've been doing some work in the last few weeks to get Kasbar ready for the KDE 3.3 release. The code is now looking good, and doing this has given me some ideas for some major Kasbar enhancements for the next KDE release.

JUL
9
2004

First Thoughts on Qt4

Last night I downloaded the Qt 4 preview and had a play with it, so far I'm very happy. The new painter code seems great and the GL painting demo suggests a lot fun ideas.

Qt 4 solves one of my big annoyances with the Qt API by introducing a common base class for items in list views, tree views etc. This change will make it much easier to let the user choose how information is displayed as we can have dialogs that switch between iconviews, listviews and trees without having to write the same code three times. In fact, when combined with the new model-view facilities (which I have yet to examine) this may be something that can be encapsulated in a single widget.

JUN
20
2004

KJSEmbed gains momentum

A few minutes ago, I was thinking that kjsembed is picking up users less quickly than I would have expected (given how easy it is to use). In the short time between then and now I've found out about two people/projects using it that I wasn't aware of, which has cheered me up.

MAY
20
2004

Being Earnest is Nice, but Being Useful is More Important

Last night I was able to commit to CVS the first cut of a kjsembed app I'm working on that will be useful to anyone - even if they don't care about scripting. The app I'm talking about is called Imunge and is intended to be a styleguide compliant tool for manipulating images.

APR
21
2004

KDE is Best Linux Desktop

Just a quick note to say KDE won best linux desktop for KDE 3.2 last night!

APR
19
2004

Ready for UK Expo

Well, I'm all set for the UK expo now. Hopefully I'll see some of you there. I'm only going to be around on the second day, but the booth will be manned on both. See you there!

MAR
29
2004

Nat, Miguel, FUD and other buzzwords

It's hard to see what's going on at Novell right now, and recent comments by Nat and Miguel aren't making things any clearer. They're claiming that they're not aware of any SuSE development using Qt other than YaST, ignoring all the SuSE sponsored KDE development (including new hires such as the developer of the KDE-OpenOffice GUI glue). Nat says he's 'Novell/SuSE Desktop Lead' hmm. I wonder could that be 'Novell/SuSE Ximian Desktop Lead' perhaps - after all he said he was VP of Novell Desktop Services a few months ago, missing out the crucial word Ximian which indicated the limitation of his scope.

MAR
12
2004

UsageMonitor - A New Tool for Usability

One thing that recent dicussions about usability have highlighted is how much our decisions are currently based on personal opinions rather than hard facts. Aaron has recently been trying to address this by asking people how much they use the various buttons in the konqueror toolbar, but this is both labour intensive and inaccurate. So, I've written the 'Usage Monitor' plugin.

MAR
7
2004

Usability Teams - A Problem or a Solution

Aaron has posted a blog entry about developes 'fearing' usability teams, I've replied to his post itself by a comment but I'd like to provide a fuller view of things here.

I think that having a separate 'usability team' is an unworkable concept in an open source project, what we need is a way to make the usability guys part of the development team. Sure, there will be discussions on a usuability list about the issues the usability guys are working on, but the primary communication about any usability driven changes should be with the people who are writing or maintaining the application.

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