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Desktop ablaze

It’s cold outside and we need warming up – so I started work on updating the flame module. Flame is the second Enlightenment 0.17 modules that I have brought back to life. It should find a proper home in due course but for now you can build it by downloading directly from the Enlightenment git server. […]

Snowing like it’s E17

Yup it’s winter time and the temperature is dropping – but no snow outside. So I decided to let it snow indoors instead :). The Snow module is the first of a series of Enlightenment 0.17 modules that I am bringing back to life. It should find a proper home in due course but for […]

Multi-touch on Enlightenment

At FOSDEM yesterday I was demoing the Enlightenment IDE that I have been working on. My laptop is a touchscreen and I had it in tablet mode for the demo, so far so good. Until a couple of sharp attendees noted that there was no multi-touch. Huh, neither it does.

Enter rasterman – “Did you enable xinput2.2?”, erm no, no I didn’t…

Passing –enable-xinput22 to the efl ./configure fixed it! magic 🙂 The image above shows 2 taps simultaneously in the elementary_test Gesture Layer 2 demo.

Job done. Now to fix a couple of multi-touch gesture bugs I have found :(.

EDI update and shiny new icon

It’s been quite some time so I wanted to provide an update on the EDI project. The aim was to make getting into Linux development as easy as possible, and to help developers learn how to builds apps using the EFL. Clearly that’s a grand plan and along the way there was a lot of challenges to overcome.

The first major hurdle, beyond actually creating a vision, project definition and basic application, was to make an editor that was powerful but easy to use. None of the available components at this time met the challenge (the early pre-releases were built on existing editor components as best we could), so a new editor needed to be built.

Elm_Code is this new component – it’s been in development for around 6 months now (since early planning began at the E Dev Day alongside LinuxCon Europe 2014) and it’s shaping up nicely. We have highlighting support, inline error overlays and great performance (a few leaks aside…) – and it fits into EDI like this:

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As it’s all under heavy development there aren’t many releases just now, but it’s moving forward really fast. We’re more tightly coupled to the EFL development at this time so our next exciting release will be alongside their 1.15 release in August.

In the meantime I’d love to leave you with this excellent snippet from an Enlightenment user who recently tried out EDI.

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Lastly for this post I wanted to thank raster for the great new icon he made for the app earlier this week – it looks much better and fits well with the Enlightenment suite of apps. We also created a page on the main web site to give a more refined summary of the project.

Taming the power of Linux development

The power of the APIs available to a linux developer is immense. To help illustrate I have a quote from wilsonk who is learning the EFL APIs:

Well, I could probably make this thing get me coffee but is it worth the effort 🙂

It’s a good point – where do you even start?

EDI – that’s where. We are building a brand new IDE for linux development that aims to make getting into Linux development as easy as possible. It’s in early stages just now but please check it out and let us know what you think!

A video of my EDI (Enlightenment IDE) presentation in DĂĽsseldorf last month – not bad for my first E related appearance I think…

Enlightenment Dev Day 2014 – DĂĽsseldorf

Another year another E developer day right? Almost. This time was different – I was up to present… Showing the guys how my IDE project was going and why they should all get involved in helping me out. This fitted the theme of the event quite well – Raster started the day by showing how much faster the EFL is growing than GTK+ or Qt and calling to our attention that we needed more developers to support that growth.

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I proposed that a great way to encourage more developers is to provide an integrated tooling environment that practically teaches you the EFL way of doing things. Linux has a great many text editors, some of which understand code. If what you want is just to create a project and get coding however there is a significant lack.

Step in EDI – it will be the complete development environment for EFL / Linux and hopefully match the style and polish we all love in Enlightenment too. Lots more exciting things to come on this topic but feel free to grab it now (from source) it’s got the basic functionality in already!

Shortly it will be moved to the main E apps development space and pick up the pace of development too 🙂

The presentation was recorded and should be online soon – I’ll link to it once it’s available.