21 Apr 2016

RubyCreator release and Windows binaries!

If you have a Windows 32bits and want to try RubyCreator I present you the first RubyCreator binary distribution!

Only Windows 32bits is available since I only have a Windows7 32bits VM available. Consider the Windows distribution beta, I don’t test/use it everyday like I do with the Linux version.

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This hand in the screenshot is from my Linux desktop and I’m too lazy to go there take another shot, since I compiled and tested using a VM.

I turned off font anti aliasing, with it on I was not able to proper see the bold text used in RubyCreator sintaxhighlighter, I also didn’t test the Rubocop integration, but it should work, to try it: Add ruby to the system path and make the rubocop gem available for it.

To install it go to Github releases page, download the zip file, unzip and copy the Ruby.dll file to the QtCreator plugins directory. Restart QtCreator and done.

The binary distribution is GPG signed (.sig file) if some nerd want to check if was really me that created it, BTW I need create a new GPG key, mine is too old.

Want a 64bits version?

So help me, I wrote instructions about how to compile the plugin on Windows, it’s not that hard but takes some time.


After too many years without code a single hello world on Windows I have the feeling that Courrier New font is very ugly, but ok, it works.

20 Apr 2016

Compiling RubyCreator on Windows

I finally spent some time to try to compile RubyCreator on Windows, I don’t use Windows and dislike it as a development environment so this is why it took so long, here I’ll describe the steps to get it compiled and working, in a near future I plan to do binary distributions for RubyCreator, so will be easy for Ruby Windows developers to get it.

While there is no binary distribution, you need to compile it yourself, so here is the slow and painful instructions, ok, not so painful, but requires a log of time and downloads.


To get it done you will need.

  1. Patience, 1Kg is enough.
  2. Download Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 (QtCreator binary distribution was compiled with it, so the plugins should use the same compiler).
  3. Download Qt for Visual Studio 2013 (The huge package with 840Mb)
  4. Get the QtCreator sources from somewhere or clone it from git ( Try to do a shallow clone to avoid download the whole QtCreator git history.
  5. Compile QtCreator
  6. Clone RubyCreator
  7. Compile RubyCreator

Compiling QtCreator

As the QtCreator binary distribution does not come with all the data we need to be able to compile any plugin, you will need to compile QtCreator first.

  1. Open the MSVC2013 Developer Command Prompt.
  2. Add the Qt bin directory to the system path, so you can call qmake.
    C:\> SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\Qt\Qt5.6.0\5.6\msvc2013\bin
  3. Go to the directory you cloned QtCreator.
  4. Checkout to the tag matching the version of QtCreator you want to compile, in this case same version of QtCreator you already have installed on your system.
  5. Prepare to do a out of source build:
    C:\...\QtCreator> cd ..
    C:\...\> mkdir QtCreatorBuild
    C:\...\> cd QtCreatorBuild
    C:\...\QtCreatorBuild> qmake ..\QtCreator\
    C:\...\QtCreatorBuild> nmake
  6. Now go find something to do, because this will take some time.

Compiling RubyCreator

You are closer… just a few minutes.

  1. Open the MSVC2013 Developer Command Prompt and make sure qmake is on system path like you did to compile QtCreator.
  2. Go to directory you clonned RubyCreator.
  3. Change to the branch that match the QtCreator version (qtc-3.6 for QtCreator 3.6.x).
  4. Compile it :-)
    C:\...\RubyCreator> cd ..
    C:\...\> mkdir RubyCreatorBuild
    C:\...\> cd RubyCreatorBuild
    C:\...\RubyCreatorBuild> qmake QTC_SOURCE=..\QtCreator QTC_BUILD=..\QtCreatorBuild ..\RubyCreator\
    C:\...\RubyCreatorBuild> nmake

The plugin is called Ruby.dll, you can find it somwwhere in the QtCreatorBuild among with other plugins, copy it to your QtCreator plugins directory, restart it and done.


Need to compile the entire QtCreator to just compile a small plugin is a pain in the ass, life would be easier if QtCreator packages had the necessary bits to compile plugins.

08 Apr 2016

KColorChooser ported to KF5

After almost 2 years I can say, “KDE, I’m back”. I used KDE3 during their entire life time, but KDE4 was horrible, nothing worked well, the network manager applet was terrible and everything was a mess… plus slow as hell.

So in the meantime I was using a setup based on OpenBox plus many small applications, like the 90’s, everything worked well and ultra fast! But the need to open a terminal and learn how to use xrandr just to attach a external monitor without a reboot was also horrible… so I gave a try to KDE5 and it seems way better than KDE4, ok, kwin still slow and causing a lot of pain with the default configuration, but things are getting better.

So… I tried to help KDE5 with something simple that would not waste my time spent in my pletora of pet projects, and the simple thing was a stupid application that I see myself using from time to time, KColorChooser, the application is nothing but a way to pick colors from screen, just that, so I ported it to KF5 :-), the application is really stupid so the port took some minutes, but the code review some weeks, here’s it, if you know Qt you will notice that it is just a QColorDialog with an extra help button.

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That’s it, it will be released on KDE applications 16.04 IIRC :-)

06 Nov 2014

Code review tools and git workflow

If you are not alone on a project you probably have some kind of code review, if it’s not explicit at least someone will at some point see what you did and blame it.

There are plenty of code review tools out there, free, non free, too much simple, too much complex, etc… most of them didn’t attended my point of view of what a code review tool should be. In my point of view any tool should be just a tool, any good developer is too busy with the problems it must solve to waste time configuring, learning, using tools, tools should exists to help not to create yet another thing to worry about.

This doesn’t mean all other code review tools are shitty, phabricator is a nice one, gerrit fit on some more complex workflows, etc… but let me introduce what my code review tool have:

Review it!

…and a name: Review it!.

Simple Web interface, just for code review, nothing more

The web interface is super simple, it allows you to see the various versions of the patch, accept, reject of comment on patch lines. Just this.

Accepted patches go to the git repository without need of any extra manual step.

Simple CLI interface for simple things

Send a merge request is a matter of type review push master, this mean: “Push the git commit on HEAD for review targeting the master branch.”

To update a merge request is even easier, review push.

See pending reviews? review list.

Open a merge request on your browser? review open ID.

Apply a merge request patch on your tree? review apply ID

Show a merge request patch without open the browser? review show ID

Oops, want to cancel a merge request? review cancel ID

The idea is simple, simple commands for simple things.

(almost) Zero configuration needed

To configure the CLI is also much simpler, go to the Web interface, copy and paste the command on your terminal (in the project directory), something like

$ curl | ruby

This will set some keys to your project .git/config and install a ruby gem if needed.

TODO list

I would like to have some kind of CI and Lint integration soon.

Where to get it?

Github! Check the github page.

10 Aug 2014

Meique 1.0 is there

Meique, my oldest pet project that still alive, was finally considered ready to get a 1.0 tag!

Meique is a C/C++ build system that aim to be simple to use, fast enough and whatever I would want. The project first commit on github dates from December 2009, and now after 5 years and 359 commits, it’s here, Enjoy!