[Geany-Devel] More Contributions (DevynCJohnson)

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Wed Nov 11 23:36:24 UTC 2015

On 12 November 2015 at 02:07, Devyn Collier Johnson
<devyncjohnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Geany Dev Team:
> I would like to provide more contributions to Geany. Is there an up-to-date
> "to do list"?

The github issues is a good place to start.

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?

Well, nothing stops you providing a PR, but note again the comments I
have made about demand and support, and that lexer still isn't in
Scintilla AFAICT.  It being in Scintilla means it has passed the Neil
quality test, increasing our confidence that it won't crash all the
time.  You talk below about going to the trouble of trimming stuff
like icon sizes for a few kb saving, but adding lexers *adds* to the
size because they are compiled in, so its a cost everybody pays even
if only a few use the language.

> Would you
> like me to manually update the "Credits" in the "About" window?

Probably best if it was updated at release time as part of the release
process.  That way it will get everyone.  And having everybody start
updating the same string as part of their PR is likely to cause merge

> 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?

No.  Its not really a "license" to be encouraged IMHO.

> 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.

You can provide anything on your own site or the wiki.

There is a Geany web page pointing to various other places people have
offered various builds over the years.  Check out how many are up to
date, and you will understand that (with the best belief in you
persistence) we want things offered on the official site to be
provided by us as part of the release process so they stay up to date.

Of the third party sites only the Ubuntu PPA is up to date that I
could find, but thats because its managed by the guy who does the
Ubuntu official packages too, so he gets reminded each release.

If you were to automate the process that might help, but if it has
manual inputs then its unlikely that Colomban will want more to do
during the release process.

And even if its automated he may not want to wait for the building of
these during the rush of release.

> 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 (
> http://dcjtech.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geany-save-all-compressed.png
> ). This is a 52.4% size reduction (1343bytes smaller). Here are my
> calculations: 2565 - 1222 = 1343; (1343 / 2565) * 100 = 52.4%

IMHO its not worth it, they get expanded when they are loaded so they
still consume the same memory, all it does is add time to loading

> 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).

NP, nobody is expected to get it all right every time (or any time,
except Colomban, who has to catch all the errors the rest of us make

> If I
> make another error like that in the future, please feel free to let me know
> which additional files must be modified/updated.

Oh we will :)

> 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.
> --
> Thanks,
> Devyn Collier Johnson
> DevynCJohnson at Gmail.com
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