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QXmpp 0.3.0 Release

I’m glad to release the next version of QXmpp, version 0.3.0. It comes packed with a number new features, bug fixes and improvements.

Here is a list of new features in QXmpp 0.3.0, please look at the changelog for exhaustive list:

  • XEP-0153: vCard-Based Avatars
  • XEP-0202: Entity Time
  • Managers for all the XEPs
  • More examples:
    example_9_vCard: vCard handling
    GuiClient: Graphical chat client, test bench for QXmpp functionalities
    example_8_server: Server capability
  • Server framework: Yes you can write a server now look at the example example_8_server
  • Add support for DNS SRV lookups, meaning you can connect to nearly all servers using only a JID and a password. No need to explicitly specify the server information.
  • Add QXMPP_VERSION and QXmppVersion() for compile and run time version checks.
  • Improve code documentation coverage and quality.
  • Completely remove dependency on QtGui, making it easier to write console applications.

QXmpp 0.3.0 Release Details:

Project Page | Changelog | Readme | API Documentation | Download

As usual, thanks to the authors, community and the users who have been driving the project.

About QXmpp:

QXmpp is a cross-platform C++ XMPP client (and server!) library based on Qt and C++. It is an open source project licensed under a permissive license LGPL. As of today, the project is around two years old.

Debugging Console for GuiClient/QXmpp

QXmpp repository contains many examples. One of them, GuiClient, is a full-fledged graphical XMPP client. I developed it for testing out the functionality and usability of the QXmpp API. This example supports most of the XEPs (XMPP Extension Protocols) supported by QXmpp.

To ease up the debugging, I have added a console dialog to display all the sent/received stanzas. Have a look at the Debugging Console.

 

qxmpp-debugging-console

Debugging Console

 

  • Settings button can be used to launch this dialog.
  • User can control the logging by using the Enable Check Box.
  • Sent and Received messages are color coded to differentiate between these.
  • The Clear button clears the text area.

Serving HTML Documentation from Google Code / SVN

I found a nice way of hosting documentation on Google Code. Google Code can be easily setup to host HTML Documentation generated from Doxygen, Javadoc, RDoc etc.

It is always good to have an online documentation of a project. Everyone can refer to it on web. Developers can easily direct to any piece (class, function etc) of the documentation by using the respective link in their communication.

The documentation and the project together should be hosted at the same location. Having two piece solution, one for project and other for documentation result in a poor usability experience for developers and users. One URL to the project and everything (Issue tracker, Wiki, Revision control, Downloads and Documentation) lying there sounds great!

Google Code doesn’t provide explicit hosting for the documentation. Using the method described in this article completes the project hosting on Google Code by providing a way to serve HTML from it.

I have been using this method for my project QXmpp since 0.2.0 release. Have a look at the outcome:

The key idea behind this solution is that Subversion (svn) can render the HTML/CSS files if proper mime-type of the files have been set. In Google Code when you view the raw file, SVN will use its mime-type to render it accordingly.

  • URL to view raw files under svn: http://qxmpp.googlecode.com/svn/
  • URL of the documentation: http://qxmpp.googlecode.com/svn/doc/HEAD/html/index.html

The mime-type should be set correctly. In my case, doxygen generates following type of files:

  • *.css  = svn:mime-type=text/css
  • *.html = svn:mime-type=text/html
  • *.js   = svn:mime-type=text/javascript
  • *.gif  = svn:mime-type=image/gif
  • *.png  = svn:mime-type=image/png

The auto-props feature of SVN can be used to set the mime-types automatically. Once auto-props things are defined in the SVN client config file, the client will automatically set the mime-types.

You can see that the documentation files are stored under SVN. Therefore the documentation inherently gets version control. The documentation gets versioned the way source code is tagged/versioned. You can host documentation for all the versions of your project. For example the documentation of 0.2.0 release and the bleeding-edge SVN HEAD QXmpp-0.2.0 and QXmpp-HEAD.

Steps to serve documentation from Google Code Subversion:

  1. Generate the documentation locally.
  2. Assign the correct svn:mime-type as per the file extension. This step is not required if you are using auto-props feature of SVN.
  3. Check in the documentation files at the desired path.
  4. Load the path to documentation in your browser to see the outcome. The path should be like http://[project-name].googlecode.com/svn/[svn-path]
  5. Create a script and add an entry of it in the crontab/scheduler to automate it.

Advice:

  • Use auto-props
  • Choose the path of doc outside of trunk to keep your ohloh stats clean and other developers happy.
  • Update the documentation daily for the HEAD version.

I will conclude and mention that it is good to have a documentation. The documentation should be served from the project hosting site itself to have a one piece solution and better user experience. This method of serving documentation can be used until Google comes up with an explicit solution. The versioning of the documentation is automatically done. You get documentation of all the versions of your software.

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QXmpp 0.2.0 Release

Last year, I founded an open source project QXmpp. It is an XMPP client library based on Qt. It is licensed under a permissive license LGPL. The project is now more than a year old. The very first public release QXmpp 0.1.0 was made on June 14, 2009. And last Sunday, we released QXmpp 0.2.0.

QXmpp 0.2.0 comes with numerous features (many XEPs and new authentication schemes), many bug fixes, architectural improvements and Doxygen documentation. Have a look at the Changelog for a complete list of new features and changes in this release.

Thanks to the authors, group and our users who have contributed in the form of patches, bug reports and suggestions.

QXmpp 0.2.0 Release:

Project Page | Changelog | Readme | API Documentation | Download