It may seem obvious but eating our own dog food can definitely be good for your project's condition. Especially when it is maturing over time. How many testers can we have and how many personas for your user-centered design can we define and maintain? Usually just a few with the actual resources. Is only fulfilling needs of more or less fictional actors focusing on few use cases a good direction? Or does it put our vigilance to sleep?
Over the years, most if not all my presentations on Kexi were aimed at users or power users. When preparing for the Calligra Sprint I thought it would make sense to approach the Calligra contributors with a small update on what are goals and ideas embedded in this specific office application. I hope you, the KDE contributors, would benefit a bit too.
Kexi Web Browser Widget is a form element that lets the user to put full-featured web browser's box onto the Kexi Form surface using single drag and drop and then load the address from the database. The challenge has been accepted by Shreya Pandit within the Season of KDE program for the Calligra project.
As a follow up of his promising Qt Quick Components for Desktop post, Jens shares with us results of his Qt Quick flavour of the QTableView class. This motivated me to think what would be most future-proof if not the best way of finally porting the old Qt3Support-based KexiTableView class which with all related classes builds up data/database-aware library utilized by Kexi for presenting tabular data in various contexts.
MS Access Visual Basic support in Kexi. Short story: there's no support.
The reasoning, from the economical to the technical aspect is provided on the KDE Forum.
Or maybe there is some tiny support.
If you look closer, those that in the ancient days called themselves VB/VBA developers can find quite a few similar concepts in Kexi, regarding the object model and the way how the scripting language works. So switching to a new tool does not mean dropping all the knowledge and proper habits.
Expect more entries from the front of Kexi integration with maps using Marble widgets since this task has been selected for the Google Summer of Code 2011! Radek Wicik, who just recently joined the Calligra team works on this project. His early attempts have been demonstrated in April during the Calligra Sprint. And he shares his progress info on dedicated blog.
Note in bold: no official plans here, however many continuously maintained software projects start with N+1 version development long before N version is discontinued. So yes, I really think the current works at UX level are "the" KDE 5 development.
Transition to KDE 5, whatever it means, is a process not just one atomic step. Today a follow up of
the previous entry about fruits of the Calligra Sprint: Modern "File" menu merged with start-up view.