Lately things with my gf has been going great, then again it has always been something similar of an artform. Our relationship is deep but is not strong, actually I tink is very fragile.Saying the bad thing on the wrong time can bring our relationship to a hault. I guess this is ok, since we haven’t know each other to appreaciate the defects vs. qualities. At the same time external factors can also make our relation stumble specially when we have no say on the circumstances. Then again I am really enjoying this relationship and learning quite a few things about managing relationships. Is not easy and is far from safe. Actually is quite complicated and a lot of times I have proven myself wrong. I think this is more of a female relationship since I have needed to change a lot regarding her even if is not really the way I naturally am.
Today the UNO framework would be separated from the OOo program. I have thought about this for a while and it sounds exciting. Imagine having office-like application development that share the same API framework. This will be interesting which at the same time we are looking for native widgets and making it look more natural to the enviroment.So my point of view is how easy will it work with other frameworks such as XUL(XPCOM), COM, CORBA, etc which are other object models that will make the current desktop programming a whole universe of objects and stuff. This will make it good for developers that have seen binding between languages and objects in stuff such as Mono to generate a interoperative enviroment. The funny thing is that .NET bindings are also the same for UNO bindings with languages such as Perl, C++, Basic, Java, Python etc. So I would go ummm… for some period since UNO seem very obscured and a lot of things have to be discovered.
Today I really felt like a developer…. well… almost.. 🙂I actually went to the site of ActiveState and read a script for parsing the native XML file in MS Excel and modifiying so it will parse data from OOo Calc. The result was great: I got the data in both forms doing a simple modifications to the script. I did have to bang my head on a couple of things, one was the indentation and the other was the proper renaming of the tags. I also could learn the difference between both MS-XML and OASIS XML. I did found that MS as always ignore W3C recomendations about keeping the tags on lowercases and also having a more straight forward xml construction which might be proven limiting on the long road. I still need to test this solution in case the spreadsheets get complex and include formulas and fields. However so far it was a rewarding excercise and good PyXperience. 🙂
After a few days of having the complete OOo source code on my machine I have been able to look at it and see what’s in and what’s out. I most confess I havent really learn even a 10% of the tree structure, and I am looking desperately for some advice on how to read the tree. But for now I have seen some organization on this mass amount of files.As I coment last week I saw many files from different languages working together on the same branch. I was amaized to see java, perl, cpp, XML and more, combined to generate our beloved OOo. I have seen some orger in which every folder has a cvs/ some of them even have a res/ folder which holds different amounts of specifications. One of the folders I really was excited about was the Webcast which is for impress and is dedicated to do some real streaming of presentations. Unfortunately Impress just do Perl and ASP. No PHP nor Python and I think it’s missing on a lot. By the end of the day I’ve tried to fix some of the icons in the toolbar. They get deformed when a mouse is on top because they tried to go invisible and then you can see some holes actually perforing some of the images and pixelating most of them. However I have no luck and I will apriciate to get some answers on this.
So this complexity of troubles have combine to tie down and bring down the traineship to a complete hault. Now I am looking forward to see what other things I can do in this continent and if it’s worth it.With people inviting me to western union and me finding not much in my current state, is it time to move on? When I first came in, I had the vision of making a difference and even increase my general knowledge of technology. I found not just that but much more. Unfortunately some of that more is not necesary good much. I have found myself fighting uphill battles with work, gf, immigration, roomate and open source. Yes sometimes I create my own crypt but the combinations of constant fights has weared me down a bit and I think I will soon find my way to a new enviroment. So the good things out of all this experience, I guess is not to trust too many people and just learn more stuff than the average people. Finding information is tricky business and even if I have computers and communiation right now, I still have stuff to come forward with.
So I just download the SRC from OOo and I found out that well is bigger than life. At least bigger than my HD as I had to wait for almost 1 hour after the tar -xvzf to just find out my HD has run out of space. Still itneresting stuff was found between folders and files written in cpp, perl, java, etc.The next thing would be how long will it take to compile which is something much more scary. I guess it will come the day when I have to do this eventually but I am not sure when exactly will this happened.