Hello Planet & KMail Junior Jobs

6 06 2009

Hello Planet! If you don’t know me yet, let me introduce myself: I’m Thomas McGuire, and I’m a KDE developer. My main work area is KMail, as I’m the KMail maintainer, but I do touch other bits occasionally.

Why did I start a blog? Not many members of the KDEPIM team blog often, and I think it is important to tell the outside world what is going on, I plan to give updates when something interesting related to KMail or KDEPIM happens. Also, when googeling for my name, the first entry still is a certain (dead) air force major, that has to change 😉

Ok, now that I got mandatory introduction finished, let me get to today’s topic: Junior Jobs in KMail.

As you maybe know, for example through Allen’s blog, we have relatively few developers, but a huge codebase that needs to be maintained, and thus are always in the need of new blood.

Getting into KDE development is not always easy, especially when there is lot of code like in KMail. To make it easier for potential developers, I’ve created a wiki page on techbase with Junior Jobs for KMail. Those are little coding tasks that don’t require much knowledge about the internals of KMail, and are self-contained, so working on those issues should be easy and fun.

So if you know C++ and a bit of Qt and want to help out with KMail development, look at the wiki page: http://techbase.kde.org/Projects/PIM/KMail_Junior_Jobs!

I’m glad that two developers, Jonathan and Frank, already joined in the fun.

Frank fixed a rather annoying regression which badly affected the speed of disconnected IMAP syncing in 4.2.3 and fixed a bug that renaming a sending account had no immediate effect.

Jonathan added support for tags that change the background color (will be in KDE 4.4, not 4.3 due to the feature freeze) and fixed two bugs, one relating to grouping of messages if the start of the week is not on Monday, and one with the filter dialog.

So thanks to Frank and Jonathan!

Hopefully we’ll see more new developers picking up Junior Jobs soon!

The next posts will probably be about Akonadi or the Summer of Code project by my student Constantin, so stay tuned! Tell me if there is any topic you are particularry interested in.

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