Lojban and Hacking

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Submitted by aboutblank on Mon, 06/23/2008 - 23:49

I had recently discovered the Lojban language while I was surfing the net. The characteristics of this language greatly appealed to me as a debater and so, I decided to heavily invest my effort into studying this language. Consequently, I came across two free software tools that could aid my study of Lojban: KVocTrain and Mnemosyne. These are two excellent programs that definitely have a place my studies.

These two programs are functionally adequate, they both do everything I would need to help me learn Lojban. However, I have a problem with the look of these programs; they are both written to target the Qt3/KDE3 platform and so, the look of these programs are inconsistent with the look of the rest of my GTK+ based Xfce system. At first, I thought I could install QGtkStyle to get a more consistent look. Upon installation, I realised that QGtkStyle wouldn't work on programs that target Qt versions older than Qt4.4 .

As I have a right to freedom, I know that I don't have to tolerate this minor inconvenience if I am willing to commission an improvement. I decided to update Mnemosyne as it is written in Python and PyQt3 and it looked like an easier target than KVocTrain. Documentation generators are essential whenever working with unfamiliar projects and I needed one to help me work with the Mnemosyne codebase. At first, I tried using pydoc but I couldn't figure out how to get it to automatically generate all the modules within a package using the

pydoc -w mnemosyne

option. I chose to seek out a different generator (instead of trying to improve pydoc) and I came across Pudge. This worked correctly and produced what I required when using:

pudge --modules=mnemosyne

The generation process for a codebase of the size of Mnemosyne (600kB) took longer than I expected as I was able to fix myself breakfast and consume it before it completed.

At this point, I am working on hacking Mnemosyne to get it to target PyQt4. I can say that hacking in Python is far more enjoyable than hacking in C/C++.

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7 years 29 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago


Great entry

Great entry. I've submitted it for you here so we can vote on it:


I hope you post again when you have finished.

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7 years 29 weeks 6 days 44 min ago


I will post a follow up when

I will post a follow up when I'm ready.

So how did you find this entry? I didn't see it advertised anywhere before you linked to it. How do I find the web logs of other users?

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7 years 29 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago


The blogs link at the bottom of every page

There is a blogs link at the bottom of every page on FSD. It links to:


which shows all blog entries.

Maybe it should be in a more prominent location.