Name: Chris Arrowood
Member since: 2002-09-20 15:44:36
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I am primarily a Java developer, although my current job is doing VB/TSQL, etc.

I started doing development about '95 doing Perl, Javascript and HTML. Next came a real low point doing Active Server Pages and vbscript. I moved from vbscript to VB but still was not satisfied. Finally I had enough and started doing Java. Although I have dabbled with C/C++, most of my time and energy the last couple of years has been doing Java.

In the last 2 or 3 years I have moved to Linux and started breaking all of my M$ dependencies. Currently, other than to play games online, I do not use M$ or wind0ze at all unless I am at work (sigh). Also in the last 2-3 years I have became a strong advocate of open source software. I have released an open source journal (PowerJournal) written in Java which has had much more success than I thought it would. Currently, I am strengthening my C/C++ and looking for the right open source project to throw myself into.


Recent blog entries by arrowood

17 Dec 2002 (updated 17 Dec 2002 at 06:12 UTC) »


I have spent a lot of time with KDE lately...

I have been going through some of the tutorials and developer materials on the kde development website. Theres a lot of great material there. Some of it is getting a bit dated, but enough is there for anyone who wants to learn.

I want to start contributing to the KDE project. I don't know whether to start going through the bugs and wishlist items looking for something or maybe tackle one of my own wishlist items. Like:

1. add multiple directory support to KSlideShow screensaver
2. Add color based rules to KMail, unless thats already in the latest. I haven't checked.
3. Add a binary clock option
4. Add a quotes screensaver, maybe just wrapping the fortune program
5. Add a q&a type flashcard screensaver, maybe as part of the flashcard app in KDEEducation...
6. several more, I forget them all right now

I just posted some thoughts on kde-devel about the pros/cons of having a stats application like Gentoo. I am eager to hear what people think. Speaking of Gentoo...

---------Gentoo ROCKS---------

Well... I finally dumped RedHat. I was not pleased w/ 8.0 but hadn't tried any other distribution. So I decided to try Gentoo. IMHO, Gentoo ROCKS! I am very impressed. I was a little intimidated at first, not having a graphical installer of some sort, but now I realize that I just needed my comfort level pushed. Setting it up was much easier than I thought it would be.


Powerjournal just passed 19000 downloads on sourceforge! Considering that I've only had 2 minor bugs reported I think I will celebrate tonight!


It's about time for me to jump into a new project! I am thinking about finding something in KDE that could use some help. Otherwise, I may look into some of the Jakarta projects (since Java is my language of choice).

I have some ideas about improving the quality of open source software that I want to share/discuss but I am not entirely sure where the best place to share them would be... Slashdot rejected the write up and I can't post on Advogato yet until someone certs me. Maybe Kuro5hin;


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