Watch your back, Evolution!

All those show-stopper bugs I mentioned in my last post have been fixed 🙂 There are still some fairly large things missing, but for simple calendar management on a system that was previously using Evolution, Dates works a treat – Check it out!

Update: Er, if anyone got revision 69, please update to revision 70. I have no idea how it worked at university, must be the magic computers there or something… Revision 70 has two important bug-fixes anyway.

Update 2: Make that revision 71.

Update 3: Or indeed revision 72 – Bugger it, just get the latest…

Spice One ft. Roger Troutman – Suckas Do What They Can

Dates Emerging

Done lots of work on Dates in the last few days – It’s starting to become useful. There are still a couple of show-stopper bugs (mainly, any calendar of a fair size or with lots of recurring events causes huge and possibly infinite slow-down when calculating event overlaps), but I’m hoping it’ll become a usable app fairly soon.

Since the last post, it has improved greatly – All the functionality that it currently has is now fairly reliable and there are also some neat new features, like dragging/resizing of events on the calendar, multiple calendar support, instant-apply for changing the summary or the calendar the event is on (the latter being something Evo can’t boast I believe :)) and a nicer details dialog (thanks Jorn). I think now is a decent time to try it out (if you were put off before, please try it again, it’s getting better!)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Around the World

DOM Traversal

Have made a few large strides in the JavaScript HTML DOM implementation in Web in the past 24 hours or so. All DOM traversal attributes (note attributes though, not all the methods yet) work and you can also read node type/name/value and set attributes. Setting attributes is done in a horribly hacky way, it really requires a patch in gtkhtml2 that I’ll probably do this weekend or at some point in the next week.

After this has been refined a bit, the next major step to accomplish before I can add the collapsing paragraphs and JavaScript-assisted restyling is to add some support for DOM Event. I predict it to be a day or two’s work to get working initially, but I have a lot of other things to work on at the moment (university, OpenedHand, etc.). Hopefully I’ll be able to complete this dissertation in time though, I think it’ll be worth the effort 🙂

Thanks to Iain Holmes, there’s now a nice guide to using Valgrind that uses GtkHTML2 as the example. Valgrind and I have been at odds for a while, so hopefully, with the aid of this guide, I’ll be able to get it up and working (on amd64 btw) and fixing more leaks in GtkHTML2 in the future. He says he has patches for some leaks he fixed writing this guide, which is great and hopefully I can get them up-stream 🙂

Off-topic, I’ve recently been using Muine, as Rhythmbox has finally given up the ghost on my computer (every version I’ve compiled crashes importing my music, regardless of optimisation settings) and beep-media-player randomly crashes on amd64. I hadn’t used it before due to it requiring Mono, and Mono requiring all the memory in the world. Given I was using Rhythmbox previously, which makes gamin swell up to using all the memory and swap space on my computer in about a day, this was a pretty null argument, so I went ahead and installed it. And it is excellent. Thanks Jorn! 🙂

Jamiroquai – Scam

Page updates

Added udpated ‘browse repository’ links to *all* pages. Thanks to OpenedHand, Web and the associated gtkhtml2 patches are now available for public consumption – please check them out if you’re at all interested, but keep bug-reports to yourself for now, unless you can provide a fix 🙂

Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science


So, back from FOSDEM – Had a great time, in the company of great people. Didn’t get to do quite as much networking/eating as I’d have liked due to being fairly ill, but still had lots of fun and it was great to see the OH guys again, as well as meet the new ones 🙂 Many thanks to Matthew for taking me along.

Haven’t made too much progress on any fronts, annoyingly – Dates has seen some nice changes, but is very unstable at the moment, in terms of basic features and UI flux… Hopefully I’ll have the time to make that better. Web can view Epiphany bookmarks, it won’t be too much work to add editing, but it isn’t high on the priority list (Working on z-index support and HtmlDOM object). Contacts 0.2 should be out fairly soon, will try my best. Apologies for this post being unnecessarily link-heavy.

We <3 Katamari - Everlasting Love

Web/gtkhtml2 progress

Done lots of work on gtkhtml2 and Web in the past few weeks – I’ll be taking a break from this for a little while though to concentrate on Contacts and Dates in time for FOSDEM. Some of the patches I’ve written are already in, or are heading to gtkhtml2 CVS, others won’t hit for a little while I imagine. The current maintainer, dobey, has been a great help though.

Managed to fix a long-time odd bug of gtkhtml2 yesterday – That of altering the colours of surrounding widgets in the window. Ends up the code to set the background colour of pages (which follows the theme’s base colour) was broken. Also fixed margin inheritance, min/max width/height on images. These patches are mostly in CVS already and will be completely in soon I should think 🙂

Patches that *aren’t* in CVS and probably won’t be for a while add support for various new features such as @import (written by the maker of UniPKG), @media (and all the other various forms of specifying css media type), user style-sheets and a ‘node-finished-parsing signal’. I’ve added a screenshot that shows off the @import/@media support. The node-finished-parsing signal allows me to handle JavaScript better in Web, which now features complete support for document.write via stream manipulation, as it (unfortunately) should be done.

Perhaps, one day, the Gnome browser will be gtkhtml2-based 😉

Billy Talent – Red Flag