(aka "Oh Woe is Me!") Can't say I like the
whole song and dance
Ximian/google/KDE thing, but there is no question in my
mind that ad is rather tacky. Even two years ago, who would
have thought that free software project rivalry would come
OTOH, It's an unwitting admittance from Ximian that their
business model depends on the demise of KDE as a real
desktop contender, which is quite scary.
I know I started hacking on KDE back when it was first
announced because I loved Qt from the moment I wrote my
first cheap little mandelbrot set viewer. I never thought
that I'd get involved so deeply with the dark underbelly of
free software politics and feuding.
("Are you the Judean People's Front?" "We're the people's
front of Judea!"... "Whatever happened to the Popular Front
"He's over there")
Watching this stuff is very demoralizing, and takes away
some of the pure enjoyment of programming for its own sake.
Still, one can't but help feeling defensive about a project
into which one has sunk thousands of hours, even if my
initial goal was to enjoy programming for programming's
End sob story. I'm enjoying Python and Qt a great deal, and
been getting in to work quite late as I've been staying up
and hacking on finans/finanswers/fin...blah blah (why is it
so hard to come up with a name for a program? I've never had
this problem before...). Having an SQL engine in the form of
gadfly built into the app, even discounting gadlfy's
limitations, proved to be a good decision. I'm proud of me.
When faced with many things I wanted from QListView (eg
in-place editing), I was lamenting the lack of something
TStringGrid component in Qt when I found QTable/QTableItem.
What a great widget! Better than T*Grid in every way, and
infinitely customizable. Reggie really did a great job on
this. The Trolls hit a goldmine when they hired him.
On reviewing this entry, it seems I will continue to use
cliches in my diary entries
till the cows come home.