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Akademy 2010 – Best experience so far

My first Akademy was the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced. I remember I was quite unsure a month ago, wheter to come or not, but finally decided and booked my flight and hotel. In my first day, I was very shy and didn’t know what to do, but people came and talked to me and everything got better. The talks had very interesting topics and the speakers did their job professionally. I also want to congratulate the organization team, for making everything happen as scheduled.

The BoFs at Demola were even more interesting. You go there, find a place to sit, and start hacking with many other KDE developers. I never did this before and it is simply amazing. You can’t believe the things that can come out from these hacking days/nights :).

I have never thought that KDE is such a great community, but now I am convinced. Akademy gave me a lot of confidence ( especially “Highlights on KDE Women” talk :P ) and now I really feel I can bring something to KDE. I am a little sad because I couldn’t attend the whole Akademy, but I think that more Akademies are to come :).

Enjoying Tampere

As always, the KDE conference has its funny sides, as you can see on the photo: 4 Kate developers shaping the future of the (as you all know) most awesome application: Kate :-)

The Power of Developer Meetings

Since several years, we have lots of small developer meetings in the KDE project, gratefully supported by the KDE e.V. There, developers of a certain project (e.g. KMail/kdepim, Plasma, you name it) meet to discuss further plans and to push the project further. From experience we can tell that those meetings are really beneficial in several ways:

  • Social aspect: You get to know the other developers involved in the project in real life, which is a great motivation factor. This also happens at KDE’s annual conference Akademy, although there are a lot more people.
  • Productivity: Since you are sitting next to each other discussions about how to do what are very focused. It’s amazing how quickly a project can evolve this way. (I haven’t seen such focused work in companies, yet. I guess the variance in the knowledge of people involved is higher. And the motivation is usually very different).
  • Knowledge Transfer: Since participants are experts in different areas, discussions lead to knowledge transfer. This is essential, as sometimes developers have very few free time to contributes to a project. Spreading the knowledge helps a lot to keep the project alive.
  • Steady Contributions: We are always open for new contributors. Just send a patch, get commit access and join development. Experience shows that participants of a developer meeting usually contribute for years to come.

Enough said, here is what happened the last three days in Kate:

There are even more changes I left out. Most of those changes will be in KDE 4.4.1. If you want to help, join #kate in irc.kde.org!

Developer Meeting: More on scripting Kate

We are 10 people here at the developer meeting in Berlin. Kate, KDevelop as well as Okteta see a lot of commits. I’ll mainly talk about what’s happening in the holy Kate land, though :-)
Yesterday I closed a bug requesting an “unwrap” feature in Kate that works like “Tools > Join Lines” but maintains paragraph separation, i.e., empty lines are not removed. This feature is implemented now in javascript. Further infos:

To run the script simply switch to the command line (F7) and write “unwrap”. If you have further ideas about useful scripts, don’t hesitate to start hacking right away, see also

Fixes with regard to the scripting support in the last days are

Those fixes will be in KDE 4.4.1. More to come in other blog entries :-)