Messages posted here can also be received as emails: information pre-print options:     

Templot Club Home list recently active topics
  Search  Image Gallery  My Account  Members  Help       


 
Forums and resources for users of Templot track design software about Templot Club

Please click: important information for new members and first-time visitors.
 
quick links: files, photos and messages archive on Yahoo
A single message from topic:  OpenTemplot - where next?   in forum:  OpenTemplot
main Templot web site

Single message by Martin Wynne       Topic: OpenTemplot - where next?
Posted: 14 Sep 2019 07:35
 PM  Reply with quote  Reply blank  Go to topic 
Martin Wynne
West Of The Severn, United Kingdom



view images in gallery
view images as slides
John Clutterbuck wrote: Hi Martin,

I am certainly not suggesting you stop work on Templot2. I was simply trying to find a way that others (including me) could contribute and help improve and ensure the continuation of the wonderful program you have created.

Am I correct you are now developing Templot2 using Delphi? If so surely anyone could download the Embarcadero Community Edition and would have the means to contribute to Templot2 itself. All that would then be needed is to host the Templot2 code on SourceForge, GitHub, etc. and use commits and pulls to get/submit changes, with branches for new features such as the import/export facilities. There would be no need for alternative OS versions, conversions, Lazarus, etc.
Hi John,

If only it was that simple! Templot is now an old, old, program and it shows.

Thanks for drawing my attention to the Delphi Community Edition. It seems to have been introduced only 12 months ago in July 2018:

 http://blog.marcocantu.com/blog/2018-july-delphi-ce.html

i.e. unfortunately that was after I made the decision to make a version of Templot available as open source in May 2018. Hence my decision to go with Lazarus:

 http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=3189&forum_id=1&page=2#p24831

 http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=3288&forum_id=25

However, the actual version of Delphi which I'm using is Delphi5 from 1998. It will likely need a lot of work to compile in modern Delphi, not least because that now uses 16-bit unicode for the basic string type, whereas earlier versions of Delphi use 8-bit ascii strings (as does Lazarus with 8-bit unicode). In Pascal strings can be treated as character arrays, and Templot uses that for byte arrays, including in the binary .box files. So that's going to mean a lot of conversion and testing work.

I will look to see if there is any advantage in switching from Lazarus to the Delphi Community Edition, but that doesn't change the fact that so far no-one has been actively interested in contributing to the project:

 http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=3454&forum_id=1

:(

It also doesn't change the fact that Templot2 can't be open-sourced as it stands, because in includes paid-for non-OS licenced components.

There is slightly more interest in the TemplotMEC idea of a version for home dabblers in coding, who are unlikely to want to commit their efforts to a full Open Source Project.

I will also look at switching Templot2 from Delphi5 to the Delphi Community Edition. Although after using Delphi5 for over 20 years I'm very comfortable with it and not really looking for change, especially if it doesn't advance the actual program functionality one iota. I would rather go for a walk:

 http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=3228&forum_id=5&page=11#p27708

:)

cheers,

Martin.   


A single message from topic:  OpenTemplot - where next?   in forum:  OpenTemplot
about Templot Club

list recently active topics Templot Companion live online chat Please click: important information for new members and first-time visitors.

Please read this important note about copyright: Unless stated otherwise, all the files submitted to this web site are copyright and the property of the respective contributor. You are welcome to use them for your own personal non-commercial purposes. If you want to re-publish any of this material or use it commercially, you must first obtain the owner's permission to do so.

The small print: All material submitted to this web site is the responsibility of the respective contributor. By submitting material to this web site you acknowledge that you accept full responsibility for the material submitted. The owner of this web site is not responsible for any content displayed here other than his own contributions. The owner of this web site may edit, modify or remove any content at any time without giving notice or reason.
Problems with this web site? Contact webmaster@templot.com.
Powered by UltraBB - © 2009 Data 1 Systems