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Re: status of xwpe-alpha

At 02:34 AM 9/5/00 +0200, you wrote:
>what about sourceforge.net ? it provides CVS, mailing lists, bug tracking
>and more ...

Dennis, this may be a decent idea.  I'd be for something like this.

>If rewriting, it will be better to do in C, it can be extended into C++

Actually, that is not true.  A program written in "true" C++, that is 
object-oriented, is what I was thinking of.  Unless you go the X-style 
route and write your own form of objects...  Programs written in C may 
compile under C++, but that does not make them C++ programs, since they 
don't take advantage of all that C++ has to offer (STL, etc.).

I think what I really meant was to rewrite Xwpe as an object-oriented 
project.  For the code to truly stay alive and be expandable, I believe 
that is required.

>easily. Java is good for platform independent things which xwpe really isn't.

Yeah, but I use Windows for some things, and it would be nice to have a 
consistent editor.  I do most of my work in Java now, so...  The truth is 
that I doubt that idea would fly really well, but I thought I would mention 
it.  I truly would like to see a C++ version of Xwpe.

>I prefer C even in portability things, coz Java is as portable as
>interpretor is ... but that is really for another debate :)

One I won't start here.  :)

>I think nowadays is nobody really interested in IDE, because different
>people have different needs and such one big thing can't do it all.
>It's unix tradition, to have many one-purpose utils, combining them
>together is really powerfull, and you can replace any of them if
>you want (ls | grep is better than ls with grepping function).

True--I use Makefiles, for example.  That's why I generally don't use 
Xwpe.  What would be nice, however, is if Xwpe spat out autoconf and 
automake Makefiles.  This would truly be useful.

>Allright, i'll attempt to do the major rewrite of it, and if i fail,
>someone else can succeed (in Java,C++,...), so at least i try :), no
>damage can be done (to xwpe of course, i don't know how killable this
>will be for my psychic :) ).
>Jan Dvorak <johnydog@go.cz>

Have fun, and good luck!

Dennis may chime in here, as he was looking at trying to do a 
reorganization of the source code to try and make it more readable.  You 
might better serve the project by continuing down that path, rather than 
starting from scratch.


Kenneth W. Flynn              | Graduate Fellow
flynnk@astro.umd.edu          | Department of Astronomy
www.astro.umd.edu/~flynnk     | University of Maryland