Vienna kdev/kate sprint: First kdev-python beta release and python3 support

This is the third day of the KDevelop / kate sprint in Vienna, and it’s really fun and productive so far! There’s several new things related to kdev-python which I’d like to write something about. Beta release First of all, there’s a first official beta release of the python plugin, which is to be used with the (new) 4.4 (resp. 1.4) stable versions of kdevelop / kdevplatform! You can download […]

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Observations with an 1.2m amateur radio telescope

I’ve done some observations and experiments with an 1.2m parabolic dish radio telescope which I built from cheap components, at a frequency of about 10GHz (3cm wavelength). Among other things, radiation from the sun and the moon was successfully detected. Since I’m not too eager to typeset equations and graphs in HTML, here’s a nice PDF describing the project. Have fun reading, and feel free to leave comments 🙂

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Improved code completion in kdev-python and call for help

I recently rewrote most of kdev-python’s code completion code, as it was a huge mess (it relied largely on regular expression matching, which just isn’t powerful enough to do this properly). The result is less buggy, easier to maintain, and has unit tests (yay!). In the process, I also implemented quite a few features which I want to post a few screenshots of. There’s a second issue I want to […]

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Debugging support in kdev-python

There’s now support for (graphically) debugging python applications from within KDevelop, like it works with C++. The implementation relies on communicating with the default python debugger, pdb, which is shipped with python. It aims to nicely map all of pdb’s features to buttons and tooltips / toolviews. kdev-python debugger in action Features Key features include: Step through code using the well-known “next”, “continue”, etc. buttons; KDevelop will automatically open up […]

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Another note about kdev-python branches

There’s now a 1.3 branch in kdev-python which is compatible with kdevelop 1.3 beta (the 1.2.82 or so tags). If you want to use kdev-python, please use this branch. The current master branch uses some functionality which has not been added to kdevplatform yet, and thus won’t compile unless you apply a patch. I’m sorry for breaking it, I’ll try not to do that any more in the future. Update:  […]

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Note about kdev-python master dependencies

Just a quick note, as I’ve been asked a few times in the last days: The current master branch of kdev-python targets kdevplatform 1.3. This means you’ll need to use the 1.2.8x (or 1.3, once released) series of kdevplatform if you want to run it. The current kdevplatform master (1.3.60 or so) doesn’t work; if you want to use the plugin with that version of kdevplatform, change x-kdevelop-version from 13 […]

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About Python 3 support in kdev_python

Just a quick note about Python 3 support in the kdevelop python plugin: I will switch over to supporting Python 3 language features as soon as there’s a release of the Django web framework using Python 3 (as this plugin was originally intended for developing Django applications, this seems like a reasonable point in time to me). Most (all?) of the (syntactic) features Python 3 has so far are in […]

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The three worst things about Mathematica

I’ve been working with Mathematica quite a lot recently, and while it has some really nice features like the Manipulate[] operator which lets you create interactive plots or anything in a single line, it has a few major fuckups in my opinion. So allow me to rant about my personal top three of them for a bit. <rant> Place 3: Shared data among notebooks All data among all currently opened […]

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Game Tip: Legend of Zelda

Since I had a bit of spare time recently, I decided I’d like to play some cool game, preferabily something ancient (I tend to like old games better than new ones, for some reason). I remembered that I read the name “Legend of Zelda” thousands of times, but I never actually played one of the games. So I just picked the oldest one of the games (called “The Legend of […]

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