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Re: status report

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: status report
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 14:11:27 -0700
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John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:

> On Fri, May 11, 2007 at 02:12:31PM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
>      I guess there are two issues here.  First the GUI in the
>      simpler-proc branch.  I have modified it only enough to hook it
>      into the datasheet code and make it compile.  I haven't even
>      tried running it and so as you say I imagine it doesn't work.  I
>      will be sure to debug it before proposing a merge, although it's
>      possible that I'll need some debugging help.
>      Second the idea of cutting up gtksheet.  Is this independent of
>      the simpler-proc merge or is there some connection?
> I guess the problem is that I'm not too sure how intricately entwined
> the two issues may be.  I'd been unhappy about the way the
> datasheet/gtksheet/datastore worked (or didnt work) for some time, but
> there wasn't much point in doing anything about it until we had good
> backend for the data.  Now that we've got such a backend, it'll be
> worth attempting to fix the front end.
> In order to merge the branch, one approach would be to hammer the
> gtksheet &c until it fits around the datasheet, but I'm not sure how
> much effort this will be, and if we do that, I suspect that a lot of
> the code we need to write will be shortly discarded.
> The other approach is to take a good look at how gtksheet,
> gsheetmodel, gsheet-{row,column}-iface, psppire-data-store and
> datasheet all interact, and devise a better way.  The question is, is
> it better to do that in the branch before we merge, or in the trunk
> after we merge?
> I'm tending towards the former, but happy to discuss it.

I'm not sure which plan "the former" is, but my thoughts follow.
I haven't yet investigated how much trouble it is to make the GUI
work in simpler-proc, as opposed to just compile.  Maybe it's
easy, in which case I'd be in favor of merging before doing any
major work.  Maybe it's harder, and maybe as part of the solution
we might as well the extra work you're talking too.  My guess is
that in fact it's going to be pretty easy, so that we might as
well fix it and do the merge before other work relating to

All this changes if you're eager to do this extra
gtksheet-related work and have time to do it fairly soon.  It's
fine with me if you want to do it; I'm flexible.
Ben Pfaff

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