Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Update: Address field completion works in KMail git master

Yesterday I was still in doubt if KDE bug #259949 (which prevents KMail from suggesting recipients while typing) was indeed fixed in Git. But as of now I can confirm that it works:

Screenshot showing KMail addressline completion working.
KMail addressee completion as to come in KDE 4.9

This screen shot was taken on my notebook today. The notebook's 32bits installation seems to be less fragile than the 64bits version that runs on my workstation. On the latter Akonadi still refuses to start.

From what I gather the data is produced by directly querying Nepomuk.

(Note: this posting appeared originally on tumblr on the April 25th.)

p.s. Fedora updated KDE to 4.8.2 which also fixed the bug.

Till Adam reports KDE bug #259949 (address line completion) fixed

Tim Adams reported to the KDE Users mailing list that bug #259949 will be fixed in KDE release 4.9. This is good news indeed as this little nasty plagues a lot (all?) of KDE 4.8 users.

The unfortunate side of this news is that I picked exactly this bug for investigation myself. It was a great motivation for diving into the KDE platform. But then again, why not dissect it anyway? Plus,
two days ago my clone of the master branch of the KDE platform still exhibited the bug.
I will be back shortly with a report on how to set up and debug the KDE platform from sources.

(Note: this posting appeared originally on tumblr on the April 24th.)

A blog for a convalescent coder

For years now I have been in the educational and scientific business but soon this will change. I am going to be a software developer again, which is the most satisfying profession I can image. The book legging and memorizing of those years left little time for modelling and coding, so it it high time to give those skills a new edge. This blog is about this learning experience.
So what is to expect here? I like free and open-source software. This is what I use, this is what I intend to make. This almost implies that you will read about Linux here and everything that is needed to develop software in a Linux environment. My immediate goal is to become familiar with KDE software development, maybe by starting to fix a few bugs or so. The second field I am eager to explore is mobile computing. I am going to start with Android apps. But cross-plattform development is what really tempts me. It also touches my field of research, which is the is the highly philosophical and not much thought about concept of—re-use! So expect to get your share on this one too.
One more thing. The English language is not my native tongue as you probably already guessed. Do not hesitate to point out my mistakes!
And now…