[Geany-Devel] More Contributions (DevynCJohnson)

Devyn Collier Johnson devyncjohnson at xxxxx
Wed Nov 11 16:07:06 UTC 2015

Geany Dev Team:

I would like to provide more contributions to Geany. Is there an 
up-to-date "to do list"? For instance, I saw 
https://github.com/geany/geany/issues/742 ( Add AutoHotkey (*.ahk) Lexer 
to Geany #742); are there any objections to me adding additional 
normal/standard Scintilla lexers to Geany? Would you like me to manually 
update the "Credits" in the "About" window?

I remember someone on GitHub in the Geany project (I do not remember who 
or where) mentioned something about adding WTFPL to the license 
templates. Is that still desirable? Are there other licenses any of you 
would like me to add in the future?

I see that http://www.geany.org/Download/Releases has binary downloads 
for Windows and Mac OS X. Would the team like me to create pre-compiled 
x86-64 binaries (or *.deb files) for Ubuntu and Debian (for Geany 
v1.26)? I know how to make Debian files (*.deb) that work and flawlessly 
pass lintian's tests. I could also use "Alien" ( 
https://wiki.debian.org/Alien && http://joeyh.name/code/alien/ ) to make 
an RPM for Red-Hat-based distros.

To reduce Geany's size and memory usage, does the team think it would be 
a good idea for me to compress the PNG files under 
https://github.com/geany/geany/tree/master/icons . By "compress", I do 
not mean "Gzip" compression. Rather, I can use GIMP to re-create PNG 
files that are smaller while still retaining the same image appearance 
and image quality. For instance, 
https://github.com/geany/geany/blob/master/icons/48x48/geany-save-all.png is 
2565bytes while I "compressed" the image to 1222bytes ( 
). This is a 52.4% size reduction (1343bytes smaller). Here are my 
calculations: 2565 - 1222 = 1343; (1343 / 2565) * 100 = 52.4%

By the way, I spent some time studying Geany's src. I hope to reduce the 
amount of errors I make that relate to not updating related files (like 
when I committed those new licenses without changing the related files). 
If I make another error like that in the future, please feel free to let 
me know which additional files must be modified/updated. I am skilled at 
programming (especially C and Python3). My main issue with the Geany 
project is knowing how Geany's src is setup and what files need to be 
updated. However, now that I looked over most of the code, I hope to 
reduce such errors.

Here is a link to additional information about me and my skills - 
http://dcjtech.info/about-the-crew/#devyncjohnson . NOTE: My website has 
ads, but they will not harm your computer or browser.

Devyn Collier Johnson
DevynCJohnson at Gmail.com

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