OpenSource programming

December 15, 2007

KDE3 and KDE4 bugs

Filed under: General — Dmitry @ 7:35 pm

It still isn’t fully clear to me what to do with bugs of KDE apps that have a KDE4 version.

Let’s take any game from kdegames for example.

KAtomic has some bugs from its kde3 times. Let’s take the bugs that aren’t applicable or fixed in kde4 version of the game.
What to do with them?

The thing that confuses me is that as someone said on kde-core-devel “KDE3 is not disapearring anywhere”.

So should I close these bugs saying they’re fixed in KDE4? But then KDE3 version of app will still contain this bug. And I must say I don’t feel like fixing kde3 bugs. For the following reasons:

– I don’t have kde3 development environment
– I don’t have motivation on fixing kde3 bugs
– I consider myself as a maintainer of kde4 version of an app, not kde3 one

Of course I can just ignore them and wait for someone who will be willing to fix them, but these bugs are still assigned to me and I’m supposed to be the person who deals with them.

And they show up in bugzilla queries 🙂

I guess the final question is this:
Should KDE4 versions of kde apps be considered like their next versions, or like absolutely separate ones?

Any thoughts on this?

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Feeling like KBugBuster

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Dmitry @ 1:49 am

Hello, Planet KDE!

I decided to start a blog I can write to when I have programming-related-blog-writing mood 🙂

I hope my English is mature enough for you to understand it at least roughly.

Actually it is already since some days ago I want to write about my work on kbugbuster.

It began with a feeling 🙂 When I heard someone mentioning Deskzilla (that’s a proprietary bugzilla client), I thought about kbugbuster. I knew it was in a not-very-good shape. Suddenly I feeled like resurrecting it. I wasn’t sure if I’ll have time for that though. But in one of the weekends it happend – I created a branch in kde repository and started to hack.

And now I’m continuing to hack on it as I happen to have free minute and /dev/hands demanding action 🙂

At first I wanted to just bring it to shape, with possibly some code restructuring and adding some features that’ll naturally emerge.
All my previous contacts with existing KDE apps (written by someone else) – namely katomic, klines, kmines, kreversi – ended up being a major rewrite. I thought I can do different with kbugbuster.

No luck 🙂 After two days of hacking I suddenly understood that I’m missatisfied with existing API and code to a degree where I end up “restructuring” so much that I put a lot of “TODO remove this, do another way”. So I just started all over 🙂 I didn’t throw away an old code – to keep it for reference.

And this rewrite has a great influence on my kde/qt learning curve – I started to learn Qt model/view framework, I learned how to use KIO (never tried it in action before – kudos to its devs – KIO rocks!)

So. The summary of current state of things:

1. I wrote a “backend” stuff which is currently able to perform basic queries and do very basic bug parsing (only ID and Summary are extracted ATM). Queries are asynchronous (kio), parsing is synchronous – but this *should* change.
2. GUI stuff – sidebar treeview/model and bug list/model. Sidebar already supports adding items with any query attached to them. This can be viewed like bugzilla’s “saved searches” I guess.

This all currently operates in online-only mode.
Actually I wanted to ask you – what do you think about kbugbuster having an offline mode?
How do you see it?
Should it do it like Deskzilla does – syncing to bugzilla and offering complete offline browsing and working with bugs?
Should it behave like an old kbugbuster did – just cache any retrieved info, but not the whole picture?

Is it needed at all?

Any other thoughts about kbugbuster in general (and in detail) are welcome 🙂

Thanks to all who read until here, this was kind of lengthy post – it’s difficult to keep first posts short 😉

P.S. No screenshots for now – they’re boring 🙂 Partly broken GUI, sidebar with servers and products + bug list with several items in “ID:SUMMARY” form – that’s all it currently has 🙂

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