I am finishing up a UI :)

2009/12/1 Neil Jagdish Patel <neil.pa...@canonical.com>

> Hey,
>
> Congratulations :)
>
> I've got it built and running, however have nothing to test it with --
> have the tests been ported over to the new API? They seem to fail with
> broken D-Bus signatures. Also, are there any front-ends working with it
> yet or is that effort beginning now (gnome-zeitgeist seems to have
> stalled at the moment)?
>
> Thanks,
>
> -- Neil
>
> On Tue, 2009-12-01 at 15:18 +0100, Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > On behalf of the Zeitgeist team I am proud to announce our first
> > development release, Zeitgeist 0.3.0, leading up to what will be our
> > stable series which will be 0.4. It is our intent to aim for a 1.0
> > release as soon as we feel good about the stable series, but that is
> > still a bit in the future. Now that we've crossed the initial hurdle
> > in the rewrite we expect the release cycle to be much shorter than
> > this one, although we have not settled on something strict yet.
> >
> > As many of you know the bulk work on this release was done in the
> > Zeitgeist hackfest in Bolzano. Since we came back we been busy little
> > bees polishing it up and fixing bugs - trying not to flame each others
> > too much when discussing the designs :-) Working face to face in
> > Bolzano gave us a unique chance to really discuss things through and
> > get to the bottom of the details. This will also affect other
> > developers a bit since...
> >
> > We were bad boys and decided to change both our internal database
> > structures as well as our public DBus API. Sorry - but after long
> > discussions we all agreed that this was for the best. The new design
> > is leaps and bounds better than the old one. This means that you both
> > have to give up on your old log database, and accept that there are no
> > GUI written for the new API just yet. This is being worked on as you
> > read this though!
> >
> > Something that might come as a shock to some other developers is that
> > we decided not to store annotations and bookmarks within Zeitgeist.
> > This should be done in Tracker or some other semantic metadata
> > storage[1]. Zeitgeist answers only when and how data was accessed, but
> > stores no information about the current state of the metadata. We will
> > be working very closely with Tracker from now on since 0.7 is a
> > blessed dependency for GNOME 2.30. Congrats to the Tracker Devs.
> >
> > You can download the release from:
> https://launchpad.net/zeitgeist/+download
> >
> > The NEWS entry reads:
> >
> > First development release leading up to the stable 0.4 series. This
> > release features:
> >
> >  - Complete rework of engine and DBus API. Read: apps written against
> 0.2.*
> >    will most certainly need an update (see fx.
> >
> http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2009-November/msg00019.html
> )
> >  - Public Python client API defined in zeitgeist.datamodel and
> >    zeitgeist.client modules
> >  - Documented public API with Sphinx (we'll have an URL for you shortly)
> >  - Changed Ontology from XESAM to Nepomuk.
> >  - Removed the Storm backend (obsoleted in 0.2.1).
> >  - Removed the Querymancer backend.
> >  - Support for event payloads (binary attachments to events)
> >  - An extension API for the core engine, allowing extensions direct
> > access to the DB
> >    There are already a handful extensions things in the works here,
> > you will hear
> >    more about this later
> >
> > There are a few DISCLAIMERS that needs to be attached to this:
> >
> >  - The event notification/signals are not yet ready in the new DBus API.
> >    We expect to have that ready for 0.3.1.
> >  - We plan to support querying only for available items (eg. filtering
> out
> >    deleted files, not listing files on detached USB storage, etc.).
> However this
> >    feature is not fully supported yet, even though it is exposed in the
> API.
> >  - While we are pretty satisfied with the database layout, there may
> still be
> >    changes in the ontologies or concrete data extraction methods. This
> might
> >    require that users delete their log databases in order to rebuild them
> >    with the new definitions. Of course this will no longer happen when we
> >    go stable
> >  - Much related to the point above our event ontologies are not yet
> > set in stone,
> >    and minor changes are expected
> >  - We have only one logger enabled for now. Namely the one monitoring
> your
> >    recent files. In coming releases this logger may well be deprecated in
> favour
> >    of application specific plugins.
> >  - And finally. Please note that this is a *development release*. We can
> not
> >    guarantee stability of services nor APIs, although we strive hard to
> keep
> >    things stable.
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Mikkel
> >
> >
> > [1]: There have been talk about defining (and implementing) a very
> > simple DBus API for storing semantic annotations (bookmarks, tags,
> > comments, ratings, etc). In our internal speak such a service is
> > called a Repository. Tracker or Soprano would expose this API in most
> > cases, but on platforms where they are not available the simple
> > Repository implementation would be most handy. This being said, it is
> > currently not a high priority to implement a Repository, there are
> > alternatives ready in Tracker and Soprano.
> >
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