All posts by Dominik

Dominik is a PhD student at the Control Theory and Robotics Lab, TU Darmstadt, as part of the Research Training Group GKMM (GRK1362). My research focuses on state estimation in distributed systems. As hobby, I contribute to the KDE project and work on the Kate application and editor component.

Support Kate and KDE by Donating Money

Since some weeks, the Kate homepage features a way to support Kate and KDE by donating money to the KDE e.V., see this screenshot:

Donating Money to Kate

The reason for showing a donation pane might not be obvious, since the KDE project is open source and mostly developed by lots of contributors in their free time. So why do we need money?

The KDE project, and thus also the Kate project, highly depends on getting financial support. For instance, our IT infrastructure running the KDE websites and all sorts of services such as mailing lists or hosting KDE’s source code along with the version control systems rely on it. All these services need money. And here is where the KDE e.V., KDE’s non-profit organization comes into play. KDE e.V.’s purpose is the promotion and distribution of free desktop software in terms of free software, and KDE in particular, to promote the free exchange of knowledge and equality of opportunity in accessing software as well as education, science and research.

For instance, the KDE e.V. supports developers through travel reimbursement, such that contributors that could otherwise not attend developer meetings are still able to take part. These developer meetings have proven to be immensely useful to the success of KDE, and typically a developer sprint moves a project forward by magnitues, as you can see in the list of past developer meetings. Next to that, there is also the annual KDE conference where all KDE contributors and users are invited to discuss and shape the future of KDE. Next to other events, KDE is usually also present at fairs such as the CeBit or LinuxTag. There, we also need material and support to make a good presentation of KDE. Another significant job of KDE e.V. is to support KDE legally. For instance, the KDE e.V. is maintaining an agreement with the owners of Qt in terms of the KDE Free Qt Foundation, which potentially is also of high interest for companies using Qt.

Several days ago we also started the KDE End of Year 2014 Fundraiser, through which we hope to get a significant amount of money that we can plan with in the next year.

Please, if you use KDE at home or in your company, please make a donation. And if you are a company, please consider being generous! Your support is much more needed and appreciated than you might think! Thanks you!

Auto-loading Projects in the Projects Plugin (Kate 5)

Since KDE SC 4.10, Kate ships with the Projects plugin. This plugin provides an automatically generated structured list of files belonging to a project. Currently, in Kate 5, the Projects plugin looks like this:

Projects Plugin in Kate 5

What’s new in the Project plugin in Kate 5 since some weeks is an auto-loading feature. In 4.x times you needed to create a .kateproject file that was then read by the Projects plugin to populate the listview. This still works in Kate 5, of course. But if a .kateproject file does not exists, you can now still read the file list from the version control system. To this end, auto-loading for the respective version control system needs to be enabled in the settings (enabled by default):

Autoloading Kate ProjectsWe hope this is useful to you :-)

Kate and KTextEditor 5 after Akademy 2014

The yearly KDE conference Akademy just ended, so it’s time to look at what changed in the holy Kate in the Frameworks 5 land.

KTextEditor Framework

  • silent reload of document: Switching a git branch, Kate always pops up a dialog asking whether to reload the document. With this patch, if the document is version controlled by git, the git hash of the file computed and then it’s checked whether the file exists in git. If so, the file is reloaded without asking you. This should be very handy for developers using git! Thanks to Sven Brauch for this idea!
  • new highlighting unit testing infrastructure
  • several new syntax highlighting files
  • cursor down in the last line in the document moves the cursor to the end of the line, same for the cursor up behavior, after just 8 years a bugzilla wish becomes true ;)
  • properly load/save the search & replace history
  • fix kateversion tags in all our >200 highlighting files, thanks to Martin Walch
  • as always: lots of improvements to the vi input mode

Kate Application

  • use native dialogs on all platforms, including OS X, Windows
  • split view: action to toggle splitter orientation
  • the toolbar is by default turned off (see screenshot), resulting in a very cleaned up interface. You can turn it on in the Settings menu.
  • new document switcher plugin (see screenshot) through Ctrl+Tab, providing quick access to the most recently used documents (similar to Alt+Tab in kwin), based on KDevelops code
  • improvements to the tab bar
  • revive, cleanup and improve the text snippet plugin by Sven Brauch
  • projects plugin: autoload project even if no .kateproject is found (configurable to not clash with the auto-generated cmake .kateproject file), implemented by Michal Humpula
  • the Plasma 5 applet to start a Kate session is back, thanks to the work of Josef Wenninger

Kate Document Switcher

A big thanks to the organizers of this year’s Akademy, and a big thanks to all our sponsors and supporting members. The location was amazing and the venue allowed us all to have a very productive week! Looking forward to next year! :-)

Links about C++ and Programming

Just like some time ago, here are several links that might be of interest: