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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

10 days to release - TODO list

It's been super-busy 10 days since the last blog post, during which everything else had higher priority than this blog; for that, I apologize. The next ten days leading up to the 0.3 final release on 28th will be even busier, since I'v got a months load of work to be done in under two weeks. However, due to numerous requests, I'll try to keep this blog updated at least semi-daily as the release draws nearer.

So what's happened since the last post? One thing that took several days was Y2006 hardware upgrade; tons of organizing, data transfers and testing. For those interested, my new dev-box is Asus A6J laptop with 2GB ram and 1.83ghz dual-core CPU. Gotta love those ~5-min compile-times (down from ~8 min).

On the code side, I have a pretty hefty TODO list for this release, as you probably can imagine if you've seen the beta1 version. So far, I've implemented downloads renaming / file name cleanups / incoming dir changes into the cgcomm protocol; media info (codec/bitrate) support for search results and details box to search page. Skinning code got quite a bit of optimizations as well - the primary hog there was images scaling, which was done during every repaint; now we're storing the scaled image and only re-scaling if the size changes.

My complete TODO list currently is as follows:

Arlekin (the designer) has quite a lot to do during that time as well, and some things we must syncronize together. The server list and file names pages / windows need cooperation since they involve design; a new skin is in development ("prepare to throw one away; you will, anyhow"); some 8 file type icons (48x48px) need to be created; some other icons need fine-tuning; and probably other things that I can't remember currently.

As you can see, I wasn't joking about the month's work for 10 days thingie.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming days.

Madcat, ZzZz




Comments:
I'm quite excited about all the todo thingies (and also your impressive laptop :) ).
 
Wow... impressive! :)

I used the beta sicne u release it and i like it, and stable enough for my daily use!

I'm gonna away for a 15 days so i will not be able to follow u, but i'm very curious of what u will do!

Ps about the notebook: That exactly the nb i was looking to buy for myself after the summer O:) can u tell me how it is? is it nice as it look?
 
Great to hear back from you. I always have the impression after I donate some money you are quite for some days... But that might just be coincidence with my donating scedule with great announcements.

Congrats to the laptop and I see you have a pretty tight timeline for 0.3! I still would *love* to have direct torrent adding support (via gui from local) in 0.3!
 
Tagoh: It's a great notebook. I did about a month worth of research on notebooks before deciding on this one (actually, my first candidate was Asus V6J, but since I couldn't get it here, I opted for A6J, and I don't regret the decision). I'd recommend getting one with WSXGA (1680x1024) display - mine is with WXGA (1280x800), which is bit small for windows (OK for games - all games run in native res at max detail tnx to the X1600 in there).

Mathias: That's coincidence indeed. As for the direct torrent adding, added that to my TODO list - had forgotten about it, but it must be done for 0.3 final as well indeed. Thanks for reminding this.

Madcat.
 
I think is a powerfull laptop, with lot of ram and you can work with the dual core. I have a Clevo M540G (http://www.clevo.com.tw/products/M540G.asp), is 14" 16:9, 1.73GHz is small, portable and quite powerfull. I prefer a panoramic screen for laptops since I think that has the golden ratio that fits you vision field, but if you feel comfortable with it I think is a good purchase.
 
*cheers* great Madcat to hear you implementing that in 0.3!
And I didn't want to scare you from making point releases, better take it as: release more and make me poor :)
 
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