His latest diary should be more widely read.
Maybe the community can offer him some help.
The autotools may have their cracks, but they are useful and solved a lot of real problems.
However, there may be improvements that can be added. For example, it was discussed on advogato some years ago about speeding up the configure script.
Maybe some faster interpreter can be used for parts of the configure process. We can gradually replace things like M4 with more modern components...
On another front, this little language Squirrel does not seem to have much visibility outside game developers. However, this Lua-like light weight extension language with C/C++ style syntax should have much use in many projects besides games on consoles.
Are there good free source code formatter besides GNU indent and astyle? GNU Indent works on C only. Astyle is useful for C and C++ but is not actively maintained, it seems.
Also, does it make sense to have, say, gcc, to be able to indent sources? After all gcc can understand the syntax structure of the source code and have the ability to preprocess C/C++ source code and reformatting source can be treated as an operation of compiling, say, C into C.
I wonder is there a good CMS system that supports rich presentations but also allows editing of pages by many people (like a Wiki)? Ideally the editor is WYSWYG... MediaWiki is good, but no good WYSWYG editors exist that support the MediaWiki native syntax...
Also the input of existing documents in some format (HTML, Word or otherwise) into a Wiki is currently not well supported...
It is like a software license saying the software must have a GUI, with menus and tooltips.
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