Some days ago, Dominik implemented a line modification system in the KatePart.
For all who don’t know what that means at all (like me before the DS 2011), here some screenshots.
First, starting with a fresh loaded file:
Now, lets write some lines:
Next, after saving:
Now, lets change some stuff again:
First I thought: Why to hell do I need such a feature? But after using it some days now, I think it is really VERY useful.
Yesterday I worked in parallel on code that generates integer linear programs as CPLEX files and read the output files (which are > 100000 lines) to find regressions.
I had to manually tweak the ILP files a bit to reveal the reason of my issues and it was just cool to exactly know even after save, which lines in the ILP I touched.
Normally I would have written some comments like \changed… above my modified lines in the output files, but yeah, KatePart does track such stuff now automatically 😉
Even for the much less big source files, it was nice to see:
Oh, I just tweaked that few C++ lines and it did remove the issue, maybe I should look at the lines below/above of that lines, too, for more possible problems?
Therefor: Thanks to Dominik for this nifty feature, I hope others appreciate it, too!
If you want this feature now: Use the guide at kate-editor.org’s Get It!.
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!
Soon the GSoC projects of this year are over again.
I would like to thank our two students Adrian Lungu and Svyatoslav Kuzmich for their work!
They both did a nice job and improved both the code folding and the vi mode a lot.
Thanks to them and I hope they stick around in our project, more help is always welcome 😉
And thanks to Google for sponsoring their efforts.
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!