Christoph and me cleaned up the visualization of the code folding for KDE 4.8 a bit. In the snapshot, the left image shows the old behavior, and the right one shows the new behavior. The background highlighting appears as soon as you hover over the code folding bar. We hope you like it 🙂 Mockups of how to make it even better are welcome, of course! You can try it by building Kate yourself, if you want.
Once in a while, there are really interesting blogs, presentations and reports about how to do things right as software developer. This is a quick list of links about API design and coding style:
- Designing Qt-Style C++ APIs (Qt4), by Matthias Ettrich, 2005
- API Design Principles, extended version of (1), Qt Developer Network (Nokia)
- The Little Manual of API Design, an in-depth summary of (1) and (2), Jasmin Blanchette, 2008 (Nokia)
- Developing Quality Libraries, presentation of (1)-(3) on the Desktop Summit in Gran Canaria, Oliver Goffart, 2009
- How to Design a Good API and Why It Matters, Joshua Bloch, 2007 (Google)
- Qt Coding Style, good coding style not limited to Qt, Qt Developer Network (Nokia)
- Guidelines for KDE Development, similar to e.g. (6), KDE Techbase
- Hall of API Shame: Boolean Trap, Ariya Hidayat, 2011
Thanks to all the authors for sharing & happy reading!
As part of Christophs idea to give Kate a new face, it would be nice also to have a Kate banner, that every Kate fan can use to show in the Web. Something like the following, but any ideas are welcome!
Just as proof that we really were at the desktop summit in Berlin: We Kate developers sat one evening together for dinner. From left to right: Kate’s plugin master, the Holy Belliness, KDevelop, Gnome, Kate Finder, Kate Vi Mode, Kate Snippets (and myself not visible, taking the photo) 🙂