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Website re-org

It’s time! As we all know, I have no skills for website design but lack of skills never stopped me before. Shoes 3.3.8 is being worked on and one of the things is AppImage as a Linux packaging option. It’s shiny! I want! Which led me to all kinds of thoughts about Shoes in general and then how the websites are a little tired and maybe I should fix this one before I get carried away. See the Downloads page. Expect more changes to the website(s).

Still Alive

I’m recuperating from my surgery 3 and a half weeks ago. That’s a long time. I’m still beat to shit and there is much to recover before I say new-normal. But, I’m home, alive, and getting back the things I like to do.

Slowly getting it right

It’s been one hell of a ride moving my build platform from ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04. It’s almost Ok. I can build Shoes (all platforms) but VirtualBox is being a real pain in the ass. It makes me nostalgic for the older ‘Get Smart” Shoes:

Moved the repo.

Due to almost popular demand I’ve moved the shoes3 repo from github:///Shoes3/shoes3 to github://shoes/shoes3 Back to the mothership! That means any bookmark you might have needs to be changed to https://github.com/shoes/shoes3

Closing in on 3.3.3

There are Shoes 3.3.3 beta’s to download from and the Change Log is here.

What you don’t know, behind the scenes. It was a lot of work from core contributers and myself. And then some core panties got twisted too tight to work together and now it’s just me working on the C side of Shoes. I miss them. I’ll work through their bugs reports and suggestions as best I can because they are good things to do.

The New AI

I’m old enough to have experienced the AI dreams of the 1990’s – Lisp machines and Prolog and Neural Nets. I also remember
Hype cycle.
The curve is also valid for politics and social/cultural changes and even investing. I digress.

So, that said, my old AI crashed and burned to be resurrected as “deep learning” which appears to be on the slope of enlightenment section. Google amd Amazon and others used it to predict what you want next. What role could Shoes and Ruby add? Consider this presentation of tensor flow:

What role for Shoes? Easy dialogs and quick charts, perhaps?

Fear not, there will be a Shoes 3.3.3!

Shoes 3.3.3 is being worked on. “What’s the hold up?”, You might ask.

Well known secret: Shoes is hard to build from source and if you happen to be a C willing developer it’s a big mess of grok until you can get started. We’d like to make more approachable. The cool kids call this refactoring. This takes a lot of effort (imagine your testing load X 40 and the errors are hard to track down and the fixes break other builds) . But It’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it. Sometimes you have to do the correct thing.

There’s a couple of bug fixes of course. Some smallish new things.

Guess What?

That’s right! Another 3.3.2 beta at the usual place. It’s almost ready for a release. Seriously. After a lot of coding and testing, Shoes can draw line, column, scatter, pie, radar charts and has some interesting features for time series charts with 1000’s of data points. It doesn’t have all the sophisticated options that Excel or LibreOffice and other applications have but it does have a fair amount of knobs you can set and get something useful enough.

See the wiki documentation for something resembling a tutorial.

3.3.1 Teaser Time!

To paraphrase Donald Trump, You won’t believe how awesome 3.3.1 is going to be!

The long delayed secondary packager will appear but that’s just peanut gallery applause compared to the work done by passenger94 to bring back the video widget. If your users have installed VLC. Video is not part of of a Shoes download which would be an unending source of build problems, app/download size bloat and license issue. If your users have VLC installed and Shoes can find it, it will enable your script to use it. If don’t have VLC? then, You get a can’t fimd error message

Oh, there are many rough edges and bugs in VLC support and in the Secondary Installer. One or both will be in Shoes 3.3.1. You’ll be amazed! You will get tired of being so awesome. I don’t know whether to giggle or laugh.

Except for the bugs. Someone will always find bugs. That’s good too.