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I.Listen.Tofu

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Tofu is the name of my newest project! It’s a super-duper voice recording application, based on GStreamer, written in Python and the GUI, which still hasn’t been written, in GTK. It’s supposed to represent Voice Candy for Gnome, but we’ll see how much of that will be done.

You can think of Tofu as Cheese for your Voice! 

Much of the codebase, for recording and playing has been written. I just need to upload it to Google Code. Speaking of code, the code isn’t really clean right now. It’s been two days since I started writing! I try to use as much as I can from the Python writing convention, thus having unclean code!

What’s up with the name!?

Well I’ve been thinking a lot and Tofu seemed the best. I wanted to call it Gofu, but that sucks. I even thought of calling it Schwa (as the wovel), but it’s just too weird a name of. 🙂 … what a sentence …

And basically it truly represents Cheese for your Voice.

Written by Act1v8

September 30, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Posted in gnome, gstreamer, linux, Python

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Why Python?

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I’m currently working on a small widget for Screenlets that posts to the Tumblr service. My first impressions are that it’s very hard to write a screenlet, and very inefficient. Why?

  • the screenlet has to be written in Python
  • there is no documentation on how to write a screenlet, not even API documentation
  • everything has to be SVG oriented
  • there are many useless things you’d have to do

These points are really bugging me. Why couldn’t the Linux community just develop a widget engine that works with HTML, JavaScript, CSS and PNG/SVG? Why are they making everything Python-oriented. That freaks the hell out of me! And yet they don’t even give you an API documentation.

Back to the Python ramblings. Haven’t the developers learned something from Yahoo! and Apple? That it is far better to use more common techniques for writing a widget, say JavaScript and HTML with CSS. That is the same way that Yahoo! and Apple do it! If the widget is in Python, things get a bit more complicated. And again, without documentation it’s nothing! Writing a widget in Python is a BIG PAIN IN THE ASS!

That’s why I decided not to write a widget, yet an Application, or a Gnome Panel Applet because I’d spend more time on writing a widget, than an Application with many features.

Thank you for reading,
Stojance Dimitrovski

Written by Act1v8

August 28, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Posted in gnome, linux, Python, widgets