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  • Akarsh Simha 6:13 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink
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    KDE.IN Monsoon hacKathon – Photos 

    http://members.bas.org.in/kstar/kde.in-monsoon-hacKathon-2008-pics/

     
  • Akarsh Simha 5:45 pm on July 13, 2008 Permalink
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    KDE.IN Monsoon Hackathon – Day 3??? 

    Day 3 was a flop show for me :P.
    I got up at 1:00 PM, when the Hackathon was _over_. But, well, that was a slightly well-deserved sleep. I joined the folks from the Hackathon over lunch, just like that. Shashank taught me how to enable his Panaromio plugin, and I think I must investigate it sometime.

    Great, so I’ve done nothing today, other than fart on the way to the BIAL (seeing of Pradeepto and Sharan Rao). And I hope to start right away.

    Well, I will put a consolidated blogpost about the KDE.IN Monsoon Hackathon and the photos sometime. Unfortunately, I have not been able to capture anyone in an uncomfortable position or doing something funny, and they are straight, honest photos. But before that, I must thank:

    • Atul, for sponsoring the event via GEODESIC and FOSS.IN
    • Tejas, for giving good hacking company, and helping us get comfortable at GEODESIC
    • Pradeepto, for organizing the whole thing.
    • Gopala and Shashank, for being great hacking company
    • Shreyas, for giving us someone to GNOME-bash all through, and for making good company too 🙂

    I’d like to have more hackathons. There’re four of us in Bangalore till 17th… so maybe?

     
  • Akarsh Simha 3:15 am on July 13, 2008 Permalink
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    KDE.IN Monsoon Hackathon – Day 2 

    Day 2 turned out to be very productive for me. As you have figured out, my hacking ends only by 3:00 AM, back at home. It’s just that the “spirit” of the Hackathon gets carried home with you, because when you leave a problem half-solved, you have the itch of solving it completely.
    I am completely satisfied with today. I’ve made about 8 commits today.

    Today, I made some improvements the Conjunction Tool. To think of it, the conjunction tool is a very generic tool – it can do eclipses, lunar occultations, planetary conjunctions and shortly should be able to do comet rendezvous too. Now, those are four different names for the same problem – that of finding the occurances of small separations between objects. I like the conjunction tool all the more, because it was the first feature I added to KStars (with Jason’s help, of course). The changes I made to the conjunction tool:

    • Add Deep Sky Objects and Stars (named) to the conjunction predictions
    • Double click on a conjunction and you see the conjunction happening!
    • Add Comets and Asteroids to the conjunction predictions

    Other work that I did, on my GSoC:

    • Test whether the duplication is solving the expected issues with proper motion – things worked beautifully
    • Modify binfiletester to check star data files for jumps in magnitude or other inconsistencies – this revealed a lot of inconsistencies in trixel N000
    • Modify mysql2bin to correct the error causing the inconsistencies, and create/commit the new data files
    • I am also prepared to move deepstars.dat (Tycho-2 Deep Catalog) to the Get Hot New Stuff feature, and have already requested for commit access to GHNS

    So, here are my TODOs for tomorrow:

    • Remove restrictions on second object in a conjunction and make it possible to have a comet / asteroid as the second object
    • Implement Jason’s idea of filtering by Ecliptic Longitude
    • Move deepstars.dat to GHNS
    • Merge the summer branch into trunk
    • Start work on the Auxinfo hash??

    And as for the rest of us (a brief summary of what everyone else did, from twitter):

    • Gopala “ported NoteWidget to use TextItem classes” (although I don’t know what that means! :P)
    • Pradeepto did some good research on writing unit tests and the Qt test libraries
    • Tejas worked on a rather interesting bug encountered in Kopete, attributed to Qt 😛
    • Shashank made significant progress on his Marble – Panoromio integration. (I could see pics hanging all over the Globe. I’ll probably go and investigate more tomorrow 🙂 )
    • Gopala also ported ActivityWidget
    • Sharan Rao taught us the use of EMacs / KDE EMacs / EMacs + GDB scripts. [Screencasted]. GDB integration rocks bigtime!
    • Tejas quickly learnt to use GDB+Vim!

    We had a really nice chat about KDE development, KDE developers, aKademy, Contribution to KDE from India etc. over coffee. Dinner time was more of general talk.

    I’m sorry for such a disorganized blogpost, but that’s all I can write at 3:00 AM in such a sleepy state. Goodnight!

     
    • Akarsh Simha 3:23 am on July 13, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Adding…
      1. I also happen to finish the GSoC targets today 🙂
      2. We’re trying to keep our twitter line updated: http://www.twitter.com/kdehackathon
      3. Gopala made another small fix to NoteWidget
      4. Total Solar Eclipse near Bangalore in 2010 January????
      5. Photos will get here shortly.
      6. Dinner was @ Pizza Hut, RMV Extn. 🙂

  • Akarsh Simha 3:50 am on July 12, 2008 Permalink
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    KDE.IN Monsoon Hackathon – Day 1 

    Day 1 was almost entirely spent by me in the following activities:

    • Install Debian on one of the systems Atul had so kindly provided us with. (They have a local Debian mirror, so it rocks!!)
    • Copy the KDE sources from Sharan’s harddisk
    • Play around SSHing into my system
    • Build KDE
    • Discuss about FOSS.IN 2008 and KDE’s place
    • Frantically realise that you’ve done nothing at the end of the day and try to commit something that builds, whether it adds some value or not

    I had a nice time being with all the KDE kontributors around. We also had a few talks by Pradeepto, explaining David Faure’s method of setting up the KDE source tree and svnmerge.py.

    Other folks did useful things – Pradeepto made a release (of what, I don’t know. Definitely will have to do with KDEPIM or KMail). Tejas commited his Bonjour plugin for Kopete.

    I learnt something about Bonjour from Tejas. Nice thing it is. Sharan has agreed to help me use EMacs more like an IDE than like “Notepad”.

    Dinner @ Nandini, RMV Extension. Dinner back @ home as well, because I had promised the folks at home.

    Although we could only get the stuff building today, the inspiration from the KDE Hackathon got me working all night till now (despite the fact that I need to get to Day 2 tomorrow) fixing some stuff. Finally, it looks like I have “achieved” all my GSoC goals. Anyway, that apart, the proper motion code is tested and found to be proper – that’s a good thing. I finally learnt how KStars draws lines on screen (many thanks to Jason. I’d have been lazy to find out myself :P). I also commited the data files that had the duplicate entries, because they seemed to work without any trouble.

    Finally, I thought I must blog about ‘Day 1’. Atul was insisting that we all blog, so here it is :). We are also actively microblogging on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/kdehackathon

    Looking forward to Day 2. I hope to:

    • Ensure that binfiletester also verifies sanity of data. That way, I’ll have the ultimate testing tool to receive that catalogs to come. That way, I’ll also get a hint on why KStars is spewing out trixel jump message of late. (Wasn’t doing that before I remodelled the trixel2number and number2trixel code).
    • Random bugfixes for KStars
    • Thankfully, I have access to my phpmyadmin from there 🙂

      BTW, Photos by Kushal are here.

     
  • Akarsh Simha 7:31 am on July 9, 2008 Permalink
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    KDE.IN Monsoon Hackathon 

    Yay! We’re going to have the first KDE.IN Hackathon this Friday and I’m waiting expectantly for it. It’s going to be a good chance to see everyone, interact with co-developers and have a lot of fun hacking away on KDE. Gopala Krishna and Sharan will most probably be hacking Umbrello, I’ll be working on KStars, Shashank will probably be hacking Marble, Tejas will be working with Kopete, and Pradeepto will be hacking (I guess) KDE-PIM.

    More details on Pradeepto’s Live Journal, here.

     
  • Akarsh Simha 1:09 am on July 3, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , KDE.IN, T-Shirt, Tee   

    Yay! 

    I got this:

    Many thanks to pradeepto and techno_freak 😀

     
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