Older blog entries for Talin (starting at number 1)

I've been working hard on Anima for the last several weeks, including a facelift on the home page. I'm working on the drag and drop stuff in the image thumbnail window, and also on the underlying undo mechanisms. I'm using the same undo strategy that I used in Deluxe Music Construction Set - a pair of bits for each deletable item, one that says that the item is "hidden" (because the user deleted it), and another which says to toggle the hidden bit when the user hits "undo". Thus, a newly added item will have hidden=false, toggle=true, which means that "undo" will cause the item to disappear. The hidden items are really deleted at the start of each new command.

I also took a day or two to learn about XSL stylesheets. Xalan is cool. I put together a little demo that generates Java source code from a DOM (similar to what JSP does), and then plugged that in to the output of Xalan. I'd like to do a JSP-style servlet engine, similar to Resin, but which runs together with Apache-JServ. If I had more time, I would do that. But I don't want to get distracted. It's very easy for me to get distracted, and when I do I tend to lose interest in a project.

I've been living a very hermit-like existence for the last month or so. The lack of interpersonal contact is really driving me nuts. Unfortunately, most of my friends seem to be out of contact much of the time (the dot-com lifestyle I guess.) I have very little in common with most of my co-workers in my day job, and I find it difficult to have a deep conversation with many of them.

I'm happy because last week I gave away two of my open source projects. Both of these projects had been languishing for a while because I had lost interest in them, and I'm glad that I have found competent people who are interested in maintaining them.

The first project was ScanDoc, which is a documentation generator, similar to JavaDoc, for C++ programs. The main difference between ScanDoc and other generators such as KDoc and Doc++ is that ScanDoc is themable. That is, there are template files which determine which output file are created and how they are formatted.

I realized that I was no longer interested in maintaining ScanDoc, because most of my programming these days is either in Java or Perl. The only C++ programming I do is for KDE, which has it's own doc generator. So I emailed all of the people who had sent me feedback recently and told them I was no longer interested in maintaining the program and that if any one of them wanted to take over, I would be happy to let them do so.

I got a response from James Dean Palmer offering to take over the project. I took a look at his web page and his projects, and I decided that he would be an excellent choice for the position, so I said "OK, it's yours". Within a day or two, James had created a SourceForge project for ScanDoc, including a beautiful web page and spiffy logo. In addition, he's been sending out updates every week or so as people send in bug fixes. I'm really happy to have the project in such capable hands.

The other project I gave away was MeV, a professional MIDI sequencer I had written for the BeOS, but had never released. I had been looking for someone to take this over for a while. I had recieved a number of offers, but in each case I didn't feel that the person was skilled enough to handle the project. There was a short period where it was actually being worked on by a couple of engineers from Be, but they found that they weren't able to make time to work on it with all of their other tasks.

I recently got an offer from a team or programmers who had worked on a number of other Be related applications. So after a bit of procrastinating, I sent them the code, which is now on SourceForge. You can find the MeV project here.

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