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Hacking

Most of my coding time has been spent at work. But I've been able to find some time to work with gnome-debug. I've decided to delay the 0.2.0 series a bit to get a few more important bits in. Hopefully it will be ready sometime soon.

I've also become very interested in Mark Slicker's program analysis framework. This will definitely help with our development environment framework.

Speaking of that, some people have recently started a new effort to create a gnome-based development environment. They don't seem to be focused on writing code, but rather on creating a roadmap document. One bullet item on their draft roadmap document:

"promote the idea of developing solutions as opposed to tools. we need more corporate propaganda!!!"

Good for them I guess, but I don't have much hope for their efforts. On the other hand, they've kinda forced us to get a bit more focused, which isn't a bad thing.

Life

*sigh*

I was recently hired at Helix Code. I'll starting in about a month, at which time I'll be moving to Boston. This will certainly be interesting.

That aside, life hasn't been much fun around here lately. I live in an extremely boring area, and even my dialup connection is inconsistent at best. Everybody I know (in fact, everybody that graduated within a few years of me) is either at school or in the armed forces now. It is really odd not to talk to *anyone* from your basic age group for more than a month (except for a brief discussion with an old friend that visited here this morning). Luckily I'll be visiting Boston next week, that should help take the edge off.

Also, the school is mad that I haven't paid them yet. Since I'm not going back this year I'm not too concerned, but it still is a pain to owe somebody money.

I've been doing a lot of reading lately.

Etc

Well, that was a long entry, but it's been awhile. I'm still undecided on whether I should stop doing entries altogether or do them more regularly. We'll see.

It's been quite awhile since I last posted.

Since my last post I've started working at a local software development company. It's a pretty good job, but it does take time away from my other projects. Them's the breaks I guess.

I'm aiming toward starting a 0.2.0 series of gnome-debug within the next few weeks. To this end I've been doing various bugfixes and started documenting the api. This series will be 'stable', in that the api won't change and there hopefully won't be too many bugs.

Today I worked on getting gnome-pilot to support the Visor I recently purchased. I got it to work pretty well, and checked the work into cvs. I also did some playing around with evolution, and managed to get it to display extra email headers when I want it to.

OK, I skipped a day or two, so here's what happened:

16th Reworked the GdfDebuggerClient API for better error propagation.

17th Implemented detaching, and reworked the execution state to be a series of flags rather than an enum.

18th (today) Today was a fairly productive day:

  • Implemented some array support in GDF.
  • Released 0.1.2.
  • Improved the array support when dealing with large arrays.
  • Sped up frame changes greatly when the frame had large arrays as local variables
  • Added support (and a toggle button) for viewing floating point registers.
  • Changed the GdfSymbolSetClient API to be similar to the new GdfDebuggerClient API.
  • Added support for changing a variable's value.
  • Had an absolutely huge and very good meal to celebrate Father's Day.

I didn't have time to do anything particularly notworthy today. I did however manage to finish up the attaching code (although some of it isn't in cvs yet).

Well, I've been home for a few days now. I still haven't fully unpacked (and I probably never will).

I started working on some type-reading code in gnome-debug. This a) speeds up variable viewing b) fixes a problem I was having when an expression changed types (for example when a stack frame changed) and c) lets the user look at a variable's type.

As a break from the variable-viewing code, I spent a few minutes starting to write support for attaching to processes. I figure I'll finish that up tomorrow.

Tuesday I released GDF 0.1.1, with the new variable viewing tuff and a few bugfixes.

I finished finals yesterday, I think I did pretty good all around.

Today I move back home for the summer.

Finals week started today. I think I did pretty decent on my calculus exam.

Continued my work on moving the variable-viewing code.

Today has been a bizarre day. Quite a few not-quite-right things have happened. Not necessarily bad, but bizarre. I don't think I'll go into that here.

The variable-viewing code was starting to clutter up the GDF::Debugger interface, so today I started moving it to its own interface. I also fixed up some execution issues, mostly related to ending program execution.

More work on GDF today. Did some fixes and speedups on the variable viewing code.

Released GDF 0.1.0. God I'm tired.

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