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» End of an Era

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 20:52

Hey all,

last week, I handed in my Master’s thesis. I was studying Physics for about 7.5 years now. I started using KDE 3.5.x while still in school and in my first student job as a web developer. At university, I taught myself C++ while working as a sysadmin at the faculty, in order to contribute to Kate, Quanta and KDevelop. I quickly discovered that Physics wasn’t so much my thing but the German education system doesn’t make it easy to switch fields. Thus, I endured and continued. And I kept coding though, mostly in my spare time, but also while working part-time for KDAB. Now, all these years later, I’m one of the official maintainers of KDevelop, and also contribute to KF5, esp. KTextEditor regularly. I created tools such as Massif-Visualizer and heaptrack. I became a Qt approver and maintainer of the Qt WebChannel module. And, starting from May this year, I’ll finally be working full-time for KDAB. Oh, how things have changed! Just compare Plasma 5.2 today to the KDE 4.0 alpha 1 or whatever it was that I tried in 2007 - a difference of night and day!

Thanks KDE, for heavily contributing to who I am today! Numerous people within the community have taught me so much about so many things. Without you all, I might still be programming websites in PHP or sitting in a lab… I’m so grateful this is not the case!

Starting this friday I’ll be gone on a long vacation to Ecuador and Columbia. I’ll try to sieve through my email when I come back on the 10th of April. I’m super excited to see what will happen to me, but also to all my favorite software projects during this time!

Cheers, see you soon :)

» Short GSOC 2010 Note

Sun, 08/22/2010 - 17:50

Hey all,

before I go on a short one-week vacation, I wanted to leave you a short note about the outcome of my GSOC, where I tried to revive the Quanta+ brand.

First up, I passed, many thanks to my mentor Andras Mantia. But well, it’s not like I got that for free. In a first estimation I did about 500 commits to Quanta, PHP and KDevplatform in the last three months. So I hope you all agree that I deserve the Google money :)

But lets talk about what I planned to achieve and what I actually achieved:

  • the XML/HTML plugin is working quite well but is still requiring lots of polishing
  • the browser preview plugin is supposedly being worked on by another studen in Brazil, I’m awaiting her first results and will polish it together with her.
  • you still cannot rename tags and automatically rename the close tag as well or similar
  • the multilang branches have imo nice API additions and seem to work reasonably well. At least my test cases of CSS inside HTML worked fine for me

Anyhow, on one hand I’m personally satisfied with what I achieved code wise, esp. looking at the diffs and knowing how many iterations some of the multilang structures required. On the other hand I had hoped to achieve much more. A first alpha release of Quanta is really not visible to me in the near future.

But, and here I make a promise I do intend to keep: I won’t desert Quanta. Quite the contrary. KDevelop will probably keep my main focus, but I do intend to improve Quanta, esp. merge the multilang branches into KDevplatform for example. My intended time plan contains a note to merge multilang after the movingrange branches into KDevplatform 1.2. Lets see how that works out.

The XML plugin I will definetly continue to polish and make it work as good as possible. Even now it is helpful for more than just web developers: I personally already rely on it when working on Kate language files for example. So there is a personal desire to have it working as good as possible, even though I don’t do much/any web development these days.

Bla bla bla, enough rambling and dumping my thoughts. Lets close this up by saying: Have a nice week, cya soon, hopefully well rested and ready to kick some more code lines :)