Archives week 52 of 2004

Dec. 27, 2004 - Jan. 2, 2005

The Inexact in Design (Section roughed out now...)

This section discusses the use of play in the sense of loosness, in the design process. It's obviously going to need a lot more text, as the number of issues it touches is large. Still, the basic idea is there. Could use a lot more playfulness in the writing, I think. Anyway, read away, ...

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Lots of rewriting to make this work (Pointer handling is pretty deep in the system...)

Making the pointer handling code simpler is proving rather involved. PyOpenGL is written (not by me, this is all Tarn's code) as a set of macros that expand 4 or 5 levels deep even before it gets to SWIG, which is essentially an interlocking set of macro expansions. The problem is that the pointer-handling basically ...

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Should have gone shopping this week (New camera was supposed to be picked up during boxing-week sales...)

I'm planning on giving my camera to Shane when I buy a replacement I can actually use. Was intending to get out this week to buy it, but instead I wound up spending the entire time working.

Shane reminded me about it again last night and suggested I try Shopper's drug mart, as they are ...

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Last minute invite (But not that *kind* of bed party, darn it...)

Was just sitting down to start work on PyOpenGL when Shane and Simon called from Lua's party asking me to bring along my Cranium game. So, toddled down to her place (she lives about 4 blocks away) and spent the evening playing Cranium (well, we didn't even finish a single game) then sitting around discussing ...

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Moving code from C to Python (Maintainability and robustness)

Spent the evening after work on trying to track down why there's a memory leak in the pointer-management functions in PyOpenGL. Problem is, the code there is this grotty low-level stuff that winds up re-creating the reference-counting mechanism in Python just to track whether anything is referencing a pointer.

Decided to rework it as a ...

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This getting up early business sure warps the day... (Working before noon is wrong in some way)

Other than some brief over-the-phone debugging, mostly worked on little issues all day, adding links to various pages, refactoring things, adding paging to a long table views, the kind of cleanup you need to do before a project becomes a product.

Still quite a bit to do that way, but that's tomorrow's bugbear. Tonight I'm ...

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New TwistedSNMP goodness heading into the world (Happy little SNMP sprite challenges the darkness...)

Only changes are to the BisectOIDStore; allowing it to have sub-OIDStores registered for handling a given table, and allowing it to have callable objects registered to return dynamically calculated values for a given OID.

Those were just features I needed for testing Cinemon, but they should make the writing of test code far simpler in ...

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Test fixtures for fun and profit (Extending TwistedSNMP to allow for more complex Agent-side code)

TwistedSNMP is fairly minimal in what it allows on the Agent side, basically static tables mapping OID to value. That's been fine up to now, but I realised as I was trying to track down a bug in Cinemon this afternoon that the reason all of my modems are showing 0-values for their counters in ...

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New hierarchy types are fun! (Though we got our collective arses whipped in Cranium...)

Spent the bulk of the day finishing and then debugging the new hierarchy type, and then figuring out why an old hierarchy type seemed to have been messed up (it wasn't, it's always worked like that, I just never noticed it).

After that, went to our cousin's husband's sister's house for dinner and a game ...

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