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I'm a second-year law student at Columbia Law School, which is supposed to be an all-consuming status, but I still find time to hack--- it's a great distraction from Real Work. After four years of CS in college, it's somewhat liberating to be back to coding as a hobby: what I want, when I want. Recently, most of my programming time has gone into writing and maintaining the moderation software for the Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.jewish.moderated, of which I am one of the five moderators. It's a bunch of Perl scripts and a MySQL database, but while relatively simple in theory, always seems to have more features needed to make our lives as moderators livable. :) Beyond that, I am theoretically one of the maintainers of gnome-pim, but I haven't even done much bug-fixing recently.I'd like to work on Evolution when I get some free time, specifically the calendar component. I also have several other projects on a back burner, including a Hebrew calendar program I've been working on for, oh, four years or so without significant progress. :)

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I should have posted this yesterday, but I didn't... So imagine it was dated 02 Apr 2000.

Days with less than 24 hours really suck. I spent the better part of the afternoon fighting a bug in gnomecal which caused a crash (SIGFPE) on startup --- fussy computer, didn't like dividing by zero. :) It seems there is a special case which prevents the divide by zero 364 days of the year, but on the day when DST starts (and the assumption # of hours/day == 24 is not applicable), it doesn't trigger leading to the crash.

The tricky part was figuring out a fix: I am pretty sure the entire daylight savings time logic which was patched in a year or so ago is broken, but I need to do some more checking/testing to prove it...

On the other hand, this did show that gnomecal has users: I have now received in excess of fifteen different reports of this bug, which means that at least that many people tried to start gnomecal yesterday. :)

The iCalendar parser can load at least one trivial test file. It still doesn't handle recurrences or alarms, though, and gnomecal crashes on exit (since it can't save the file, I think).

More work for tomorrow...

The iCalendar parser for gnomecal finally compiles, although I haven't yet written enough testing code to see if it actually does anything useful. We're going to need to rewrite a large part of the recurrence engine to get this to work, so it's not going to work in the larger sense of having a functional calendar for a while. (Unless HelixCode decides to throw its weight at the rewrite, I guess.)

I also cleaned up the first patch for extending gnomecal's internal structures for iCalendar and sent it to calendar-list for review.

And since tomorrow's a University Holiday here, maybe I'll get some more hacking done. Although I do need to send out resumes and get stuff together for my girlfriend's birthday...

I did some more work on the libical parser for gnomecal, but exams this week are a higher priority, so I don't expect to get much more hacking done for a few days...

I found the wmSun WindowMaker dock applet today, which has GPL'ed code for sunrise/sunset calculations. It will take some modifications, but it should give a boost to luach (my Hebrew calendar program), so that I might actually get it finished this century. Oops- not much time left. :)

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