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Wed 2013/May/15

Syndicated 2013-05-15 08:53:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Fri 2013/Apr/26

  • Oh the WebKits! During the past few weeks, thanks to Igalia's collaboration with the good folks at Bloomberg, I have descended from the heights of Epiphany and WebKitGTK+ to the depths of WebCore, that obscure but cleverly assembled part of WebKit that magnificently takes care of the logic inherent to layouting, rendering, and the inner representation of HTML documents. A fascinating aspect of WebCore is that its architecture, completely decoupled from the actual implementation in the different WebKit ports, means that any change to its parts will affect all ports and browsers built upon this marvelous piece of engineering. Let me assure you, dear reader, the challenges this implies are comparable only to the joy it brings to this humble hacker, as the following will reveal!

    Among the many duties of WebCore lies controlling the logic behind user interaction with HTML documents — something that has changed considerably in recent years. While originally, most interactive editing in the web was limited to plain and boring web forms, in this brave new world of ours it is also possible to build complete HTML editors using nothing but HTML and JavaScript access to the DOM. Have you seen Wordpress' fantastic editor? Then you shall agree with me that this is an extremely powerful feature.

    But with great power comes great responsibility, as the old saying goes. And with great responsibility come bugs, says a more recent variation of the same maxim. And where bugs are to be found, relentless minds work tirelessly in order to ensure that your browsing experience never ceases to improve. This is one of the goals that Igalia, humbly but boldly, pursues with utmost seriousness. And so it has been that I, your humble servant, have spent countless hours mastering my way through the DOM and editing features of WebCore. Bugs have been fixed already — some affecting editing in Windows, others affecting editing in GNU/Linux, and others affecting all platforms equally. More will be fixed in the forthcoming weeks. I can only attempt to share my excitement through these words, for I am unable to express it in a way that would do it justice.

  • As a side note, I am a committer to the WebKit project for a little while now. This is pretty cool, as it means I get a direct chance to break your browser. Or unbreak it, shall it be the case. I try to lean towards the latter but trust me, it is not an easy task!

Syndicated 2013-04-26 14:40:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Tue 2012/Dec/11

  • The WebKitGTK+ hackfest has been ongoing for the last three days in the Igalia offices in the not-that-rainy city of A Coruña. We're over twenty people here and we've been hacking, discussing, and ranting over whatnot -- all to make sure that your browsing experience in the forthcoming years will be better than it has ever been. Here's a brief summary of what's been going on hitherto:

    There is, of course, much more going on and it's hard to keep track of the activity of these brave and energetic hackers. Yours truly has had a hard time distracting them from their relentless hacking in order to compile this report -- rest assured that there is probably much more happening between these four walls than what you have just read here. Nevertheless, we all want to thank the GNOME Foundation and all the sponsors who have made this gathering possible.

Syndicated 2012-12-11 12:38:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

3 Dec 2012 (updated 11 Dec 2012 at 17:09 UTC) »

Mon 2012/Dec/03

  • Igalia is looking for a Free Software enthusiast living in the San Francisco Bay Area to work with us in the role of Sales Engineer. If you're reading this, chances are that I don't need to tell you who we are, what we do, how we do it, and what our core values are, nevertheless, if you want to know more, please read the job opening in our webpage.

    If you have specific inquiries don't hesitate to contact any of us through the usual channels!

Syndicated 2012-12-03 09:00:00 (Updated 2012-12-11 17:09:28) from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Mon 2012/Sep/03

  • On Friday I landed into Epiphany master the first iteration of a new feature that us the Igalia webkit hackers and the GNOME design team have been collaborating on for a while. We codename this feature the overview but, in its first iteration, you can think more of it as a speed dial for new pages, that will allow you to quickly jump to the pages you frequent more often when opening a new tab or window.

    This will certainly be the most prominent new feature of Epiphany in GNOME 3.6, and we believe you'll love it. Personally, I think that this is a huge usability improvement, but I'm much more excited about the possibilities this brings from here on. For 3.8, our plans are more ambitious, but I guess that we will talk more about it when the time is due.

Syndicated 2012-09-03 05:03:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Sat 2012/May/26

  • Monte do Gozo, near Santiago de Compostela, back in November:


    Polbo á Feira in A Coruña after the WebKitGTK+ hackfest back in December:

    Polbo á Feira

    Alvar Aalto fascination at home:


    A boat by Töölönlahti in early Spring:

    töölönlahti and

Syndicated 2012-05-26 18:59:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

8 Feb 2012 (updated 26 May 2012 at 20:08 UTC) »

Wed 2012/Feb/08

Syndicated 2012-02-08 21:35:00 (Updated 2012-05-26 20:08:07) from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Thu 2011/Oct/06

  • Most of us who work in technology, secretly wish that one day, something we've created will change the world in a positive way, or that we will be able to look back at some point and realize that we've contributed somehow to make this world a better place. For many of us, this is the driving force that put us in this field in the first place, even when we rarely admit it to each other, let alone to anyone else.

    Some of us get to achieve it, one way or another. In an anonymous way, most likely in the form of one single link in a chain of events that, individually, might seem insignificant, but altogether, represent the continuous and dynamic steering of human progress. Our names will not be remembered, neither will our individual contributions, but they will be there for others to build upon, one link at the time, one step after another.

    And then there are those who manage to envision that things are possible in ways that would be unthinkable for the rest of us, and not only that, strive to make them happen. They don't work alone and rely on others, that's certain, yet it's their unique inspiration, persistence, and the exceptional love for what they do what motivates others to flock along them and help them change the world. Steve Jobs was probably one of the most remarkable examples in the latest times of this rare but wonderful people, and we've been lucky to be challenged with his contributions to technology. I am not sure whether being in this industry would be so challenging and exciting as it is, if he hadn't been around.

Syndicated 2011-10-06 12:04:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Sat 2011/Sep/24

  • After three years in Finland, I finally spent a weekend in a traditional mökki, with wood stove sauna, makkara, mushroom picking, midnight drunken cold-lake skinny dipping, rowing, and getting up with dawn for the sole purpose of getting gems like this one:

    waking up in sysmä

    Since it was the weekend of el dieciocho, I made some pisco sour, too.

Syndicated 2011-09-24 16:17:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Wed 2011/Sep/21

  • Let's say, you have a product that relies on a free software platform. Let's say, you want to add a particular feature to that product for differentiation, but you know that the free software community is not very keen of your practices of keeping code in-house. So you want to give back, at least to avoid some criticism. How to make it so, that the feature is still exclusive to your new product?

    Well, it's very easy. Wait until the free software platform where you added that feature is already in code freeze, and only then do a code drop in their bugzilla. That way, you make sure that they won't be releasing it until at least 6 months after your product is already on the market. Touché.

    Cynicism in this entry is for free and any resemblance with reality is merely coincidental and should not be taken very seriously.

Syndicated 2011-09-21 14:33:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

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