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Kexi comes back to Windows

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Kexi comes back to Windows

Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:34 pm
Hi!
In this thread I'll post news from the native Windows port.

Here are two first steps:

1. Property editor framework.
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2. Reporting framework (click to enlarge)
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Re: Kexi comes back to Windows

Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:58 am
Kexi 3 landed on Windows. See the screenshots for an early look.

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Re: Kexi comes back to Windows

Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:10 am
Nice!

Are there any binaries available?

Now that work is being done to port to Windows, is Mac far behind?
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Re: Kexi comes back to Windows

Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:22 am
flightsixteen wrote:Are there any binaries available?


When they are it will be announced :)

flightsixteen wrote:Now that work is being done to port to Windows, is Mac far behind?

Some engineers offered their help but they apparently wait for more official Kexi 3 release or a windows release.

Volunteers needed here as there's nothing blocking them from building native Kexi 3 on Mac. Nothing but the hardware, which I don't own.


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Re: Kexi comes back to Windows

Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:52 pm
Hi, any news? Looking for betatesters?
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Re: Kexi comes back to Windows

Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:59 pm
Yes, as always, please consider registering/following the media channels or the mailing list: https://community.kde.org/Kexi/Contact.

3.0 is coming to Windows, maybe with slight delay compared to other versions for systems. Beta is not publicly distributed for Windows.


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Re: Kexi comes back to Windows

Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:02 pm
Some engineers offered their help but they apparently wait for more official Kexi 3 release or a windows release.


Hi Jarosław,

I would like to help too. I'm a user of both Linux (mostly CentOs and Debian) and Windows.
I installed Kexi both on Debian 8 with KDE and Windows.
For historical reasons, most of the softwares I use are running on Windows.
So, I prefer running Kexi on Windows as I have everything at hand, but as you understand, it's mostly a question of comfort.

I had the project of compiling the latest stable version Kexi on Debian (i.e. the 3.0), and possibly in a second time on Windows. On the later, I have a former experience of compiling softwares with msys / mingw.

To be honnest, I could not find simple and unambiguous instructions about how to compile Kexi.
The "Compile Kexi" menu entry in the Wiki is completely outdated (about version 1.x).
It provides is a link for version 2.x, which itself leads to a page about building Calligra 3.
This page about building Calligra provides a link to apps having separate git repositories (Krita >= 3.0 and Kexi > 3.0).
The page for Kexi 3.0 links back to the previous page about building Calligra 3.
This looks like never ending redirections and even the page about building Calligra 3 is complicated and confusing (as telling about getting Calligra and not Kexi.)

Another thing is that I'm not very familiar with Git, altough I know what it is and the benefits it can bring to a team of developers.
But as for myself, and maybe other users, the possibility to download a simple ".zip" of ".7z" archive is more convenient than installing git.
(Please consider this as a complementary approach ; even if the links does not provide the latest version, it can help spreading Kexi to a wider audience.)

To spread Kexi, I believe the steps to follow should be, and in this order :
1) a hassle free procedure to compile on Linux
2) a hassle free procedure to compile on Windows
3) binaries for Linux (Debian/Ubuntu/Mint branch, then CentOS/RedHat/Fedora branch)
4) binary for Windows

If we have step 1 done, the community can help with steps 2, 3 and 4.
But without step 1, the subsequent steps appear me unachievable or at least very difficult.

I have poor knowledge of C++ and no knowledge about Qt programming, but strong knowledge of PHP, XHTML, CSS, jQuery. So, I believe I would be more helpful updating the documentation.
I also have a VPS hosting, which can help for testing purposes, writing procedures and spreading Kexi.
I'm going to write you an email with more details.

Regards,

Julien
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Re: Kexi comes back to Windows

Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:53 pm
Thanks Julien. Yes, that check list looks like a sensible recipe for popularizing Kexi. I especially like the chance for more people trying to build on Windows so please expect building recipe here. Linux users expect less assistance since the OS helps them in many steps, especially installing dependencies and standard tools in no time. More advanced users had no problems to use just the "git clone ***; cmake ***; make install" sequence to build Kexi. Because it's almost identical to Calligra's one and Kexi before 3.0.0 had combined releases with Calligra, recipes were combined too. I understand separate recipe just for Kexi, once we have it, will be smaller.

Right now I am working on Windows binaries. They will initially miss MS Access import for a moment because of glib2 dependencies (help is appreciated for that). On the programming front, for Windows I am replacing KDE's own file widgets with native Windows' dialogs, to get 99% native experience.


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