[kde-edu]: Physiks Development Rate

Harish Kukreja harish.kukreja at gmail.com
Sat Oct 7 22:58:02 CEST 2006

On 10/7/06, Anne-Marie Mahfouf <annemarie.mahfouf at free.fr> wrote:
> Hi,
> Currently it's quite difficult to see what KPhysics is about as the svn
> sources don't compile (you probably did the import with KDevelop sources
> and
> this is not adapted to a KDE module).

Most interesting. It compiles perfectly on my Gentoo box (running the most
recent version of KDevelop in Portage - 3.3.4), but I'll try to see what's
wrong on my Kubuntu install. I don't recall what I did when I first got
started - although I was hacking a lot of code in vim for quite a while -
but I don't think I used one of KDevelop's project templates. In retrospect,
I did notice some strange occurrences with one of the classes not showing up
in the KDevelop class hierarchy, so I think I'll have to reimport the code
in a new KDevelop project.

What would be good from you:
> - do you allow us to port Physics to kde4?

Of course.

- can you write a few words on how you designed it?

I've updated the README and TODO files with more information about the
overall design and features that need to be implemented. Do let me know if
further clarification is needed.

KPhysics cannot be the work of 1 person because if it is, it'll never be
> finished. We need to define a plan so several people can work on it. Thus
> we
> need a description of your current work and how you see the future
> development.

I realise that and definitely welcome any contribution to the project. But I
didn't perceive much interest until very recently, which is also why the
code base is in a messy state with ugly hacks here and there (e.g.
allcode.h- a failed SWIG workaround). Scripting development has hit a
brick wall due
to the SWIG problem documented in the readme. I was actually evaluating
Boost.Python as an alternative a few days ago. If we can accomplish all
wrapping with SWIG however, it makes development a lot easier.

It would be really good if KPhysics is in KDE4. That would be something new.
> But to achieve this, we need to get started on it now.

Absolutely. I would love to see it ready for KDE4.

Thanks in advance,
> Anne-Marie
> PS: I CC you and invite all further discussion to do so.
> On Saturday 07 October 2006 00:38, Harish Kukreja wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > Due to other commitments (University studies), I have been unable to add
> > anything valuable to the project since the most recent bugfix. Please
> note
> > that this does not mean the project has been abandoned. There simply are
> > not enough hours in a week for me to sustain an acceptable development
> rate
> > as of this moment, but I expect the situation to improve somewhat in the
> > coming weeks.
> >
> > Also, I notice that my responses to other devs did not register on the
> > mailing lists (probably because I had only subscribed to the kde-soc
> list
> > until very recently). Sincerest apologies for this.
> >
> > Harish Kukreja
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