KDE and Git, Current Changes

Thanks to the massive work of sysadmin and others (like Ian Monroe), kdelibs and kdebase are now converted to Git.

In parallel, the move of all kate related code to the kate.git was done and announced. Kate Part / App + KWrite reside now in kate.git on git.kde.org and this is the central place for kate development, like it was already before, but now without the shadow-copies in three other repositories.

As it has shown in the past, this centralisation of parts which belong together helps to get stuff done for our project. The Get It! page on kate-editor.org is already updated (as now documentation is in the module, too, and some CMake parameters have changed).

I can only say: If you want to add some feature or hassle with some bug, give it a try. It’s dead easy to get and compile a fresh Kate (even with a bit older kdelibs around). You are welcome 😉

P.S. Thanks again all the people working on the transition to Git and sysadmin for operating the nice projects.kde.org and git.kde.org services!

Kate progress, Git and happy new year ;)

As Dominik already points out in his blog, Kate has made nice progress for KDE 4.6.

Some of the latest fixes, like for some nasty search bug didn’t make it in RC1, btw., I was too lame with Git -> SVN syncs.
Anyway, I have now synced and backported to KDE 4.6 branch all pending fixes.

For the next KDE SC release 4.7 (here you go, I wrote SC :)), I hope this syncing will no longer be necessary.
At least Kate app + part + KWrite should then be only in the kate.git.
I can live with ktexteditor remaining in kdelibs, if removing that and still keeping BC and SC would be too much work. But part and app are at most runtime dependencies anyway.

Last but not least, I wish you all a good start into a happy new year 😉

Kate in KDE 4.6

Some days ago KDE 4.6 was branched. So what will Kate in KDE 4.6 bring?

  • The new tree view as “Documents” sidebar completely replaces the old file list. It supports the simple list mode as well as a pseudo-intelligent tree view to group files. The “Documents” tab is now implemented as plugin (always loaded), meaning that it brought a code cleanup as well. We hope you like it! :)
  • Swap file support, meaning that you can recover all your unsaved data for local files on the next Kate startup.
  • Ability to always load plugins.
  • New SQL Query plugin. The day we blogged about it had the most visits in the entire kate-editor.org history. So it seems the the SQL plugin is a really nice addon for web developers! :)
  • New GNU Debugger (GDB) Plugin!
  • New Highlight Selected Text Plugin.
  • Ability to add scripts to the menu and bind shortcuts.
  • Kate got a new homepage on http://www.kate-editor.org featuring WordPress.
  • Lots of bugs fixed since the KDE 4.5.0 release.
  • SmartCursors and SmartRanges are gone, resulting in more stable and clean code. MovingCursors and MovingRanges replace the old classes and work reliable. For instance, KDevelop is already ported leading to less crashes.
  • Christoph found the emails of the early days of Kate again. A funny read! :)
  • Daily unit test runs. We have more and more unit tests, securing the correct behavior of e.g. search&replace, the text buffer, encoding detection or indenters.
  • Kate development mostly moved to KDE’s git infrastructure, resulting in very easy build instructions.
  • The default settings of a session are now stored in the katerc file again, rendering the default.katesession obsolete. This means you will have to configure your default session again (sorry!). On the other hand, this fixed quite some bugs with regard to the session handling.

Credit where credit is due!

There were lots of developers involved who helped to improve Kate. Thanks a lot to every one of you! Without your contribution, Kate would not be what it is :-) Keep it up!

KDevelop 4.2 Beta 1 released

Hey all,

I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of KDevelop 4.2 Beta 1. This is a testing version and any kind of feedback would be welcome and appreciated. Please use our bugtracker. You can download the sources or wait for your distribution to create packages.

Note: Anyone who runs KDE 4.6 or later needs this version (or any later). This is because the SmartRange interface in Kate got nuked and replaced with MovingRange interface. Many thanks to David Nolden for more or less single handedly porting KDevelop to this new architecture.

The good news doesn’t end here though, KDevelop 4.2 ships with lots of notable changes and new features:

  • MovingRange` support (Thanks to David Nolden)
  • Grep Plugin rewrite with replace functionality (Thanks to Silvere Lestang, Julien Desgats, Benjamin Port)
  • QtHelp plugin now supports arbitrary .qch files (Thanks to Benjamin Port)
  • ManPage plugin (Thanks to Benjamin Port, Yannick Motta)
  • new look for code assistants (Thanks to Olivier JG)
  • filter for the project model view (Thanks to Eugene Agafonov)
  • improved “Problems” toolview, along with “TODO/FIXME” browsing (Thanks to Dmitry Risenberg)
  • better standards compliance in the C++ macro implementation (Thanks to Dmitry Risenberg)
  • argument dependent lookup for the C++ plugin (Thanks to Ciprian Ciubotariu)
  • open with external application by default (esp. useful for Qt Designer .ui files)
  • PHP: rainbow colors for all vars (and no nested functions or similar), esp. useful for scripts without Classes/Functions
  • code cleanup for working sets
  • better handling of locked sessions (locked session gets activated or the user gets asked whether he wants to remove the lock file)
  • improved Snippets editing usability

Along with these big changes, lots of small improvements have been made and we will continue to polish and harden out this branch in order to give you a stable, fast KDevelop 4.2 soon. Considering the impact and amount of changes, testing would be very welcome in order to prevent regressions and similar in the final 4.2 version.

Bye and thanks again to all contributors who made this possible. I’m especially thrilled to welcome so many new people, well done!