Mileage hires

One month ago one user reported bug: Mileage cannot be resized and is to small for tosa. Few days ago I decided to take a look (as a break from OpenZaurus release work). It’s GUI is nightmare — looks like author never ever read how to make UI using normal toolkits.. After some time with QT Designer 2 (which suxx badly) I got something which behave but still need love (and patching application) because it looks OK in VGA modes (landscape/portrait) but does not fit on QVGA landscape..


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Now time to think what to do with it…

  • Sending patches upstream? Author is not interested in any VGA work.
  • Maintaining separate version? I do not have time for such things
  • Releasing patches and wait for someone to resolve it?
  • Wait for someone desperate enough to work on it?
 mileagebase.ui   | 3832
 mileageimport.ui |  613
 mileagekeypad.ui |  533
 3 files changed, 2385 insertions(+), 2593 deletions(-)

5 thoughts on “Mileage hires”

  1. Would it just be faster amd more efficent to write a new app that dumps some of mileages funcunality and offers tab/csv export/import of text files? What would be real nice is an app that just asks location, mileage driven and auto adds date and time and removes the last 3 digits of you last mileage entry (allowing for faster input)? Maybe add personal and business as an select option and have the program total both for you. Does anyone really need to add costs/repairs?

    cvs layout

    Date/Time, Destination, mileage, business, personal 04-27-2006 08:00, Office, 29000, y, n 04-27-2006 16:00, Home, 29010, n, y

    I wouldn’t mind helping do this if it’s something that does not require learning a time consuming programming language. Maybe I could lay it out in QT Designer 2 first and then have someone help code it?

  2. Dan: Maybe it would be faster to write new application for this stuff but the usual problem is lack of person which will write it. For example I decided to not touch Qtopia apps too often because I think that this software platform is dying.

  3. So maybe I should look at switching over to GPE? And start working on a gtk app for it?

  4. Dan: it depends what for you are using Zaurus. OPIE is better when it comes to PDA stuff but it lack big apps (spreadsheets, text processors). GPE is X11 based so most of stuff from desktop can be built for it – but I do not like its PIM stuff.

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