Sent my first patch for mod_virgule, and it works! Good day.
I've not been very productive lately, but taking care of a baby turns out to be a very time consuming activity :-)...
Here's a summary a short summary of the things I've done and that are relevant for this Advogato diary thing:
I'm currently just doing support by mail for Dr. Genius, and thinking about what I'm going to do next.
I will probably resume programming soon, now that my wife and my son are back at home (this is sooo good :-)).
I've found the code of a small prolog interpreter, and my plan is to improve it somewhat and turn it in an embeddable AI engine that could be easily used in various applications.
It currently has a very small footprint (exec size is less than 50k when stripped), but a really poor memory management. My first priority is to improve this, by adding a Garbage collector and efficient dynamic memory allocation.
This code is currently public domain and I will turn it in a GPL or LGPL library.
The funny thing to note about this interpreter is that it has been used by Microsoft, and modified version of it is hidden somewhere in Windows NT network setup code :-).
Best wishes to all of you for this new year!
I'm writing this small diary entry from work where I am currently busy checking that all the servers are ok :-).
On the Dr Genius front I have some changes in store that I will commit soon now: full implementation of the various line styles, and improvement to various dialogs.
Changed the way the style dialog is managed internally, but this has not changed radically the way it looks and feel. There are only a few little "improvement".
As I said it previously, I think that we will need someone to redesign our dialogs, and make sure that they are good enough to be used by childs.
Reworking the Dr Geo macro creation and macro playing dialogs look and feel. I think we will have to ask someone else to review this, because I feel that I'm not really a competent when it comes to good UI design.
Starting writing down some ideas for an Advogato article about existing Free Software tools for profiling, memory leak detection, and their proper use.
Committed one week of work on Dr. Genius. Now playing Dr. Geo macros is almost working. Final tweaking is still needed, but won't take long.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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