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Developer's Corner / Re: SkyIDE - Latest Release Information
« on: April 26, 2008, 05:02 PM »
:) Thanks guys :) Thank you for your appreciation and understanding. Not just that, but lately I am a lot busier (in a good way) than what I used to be in the past.

I've done Java before and I think Java is a *very* attractive language. There isn't one thing that I don't like about Java. I reckon it's really a great language. As far as MS vs Borland...I reckon Borland has world's greatest developer tools. Borland is a great company. Great customer service, great help and great people. They always help you. They even called me, returned my call when I first started dealing with BCB. I knew from the start it's a great company. Whenever I actioned a service request, they *always* replied, they always helped. Also what I like about BCB is the ease of use. Everything is made easy. You can pick up the VCL in a matter of minutes (considering you are familiar with C++ and OOP). I love the VCL concept of implementing things. Don't get me wrong, I am sure Visual Studio is a great tool  but personally I am not used to it.

Developer's Corner / Re: SkyIDE - Latest Release Information
« on: April 25, 2008, 12:10 AM »
Hello everyone,

I am very sorry I haven't released a new version of this software. I used SkyIDE very often and the more I used it, the more bugs I found. In fact, even the ones that were supposed to be fixed, somehow re-emerged. These bugs are especially visible with the object viewer. Believe me, I've tried a lot of different ways of sorting these things and everytime I thought things were sorted out, something else came up. In fact, I got so frustrated, I decided to get my hands of it for a while. I knew what I was doing isn't the right way of implementing things. My intention now is to re-write the whole thing using different methods.

I made a common mistake. Instead of focusing and fixing errors, I kept on adding more features and that created more errors.

I would like to show you some of the inner operation of SkyIDE.

First I would like to get rid of the MDI while maintaining the tabs. This is because opening a new form for each new document slow the whole IDE. Instead of opening a new form with Scintilla in it, I would simply create a new TScintilla object and store its address into an array. So instead of using my own array to manipulate multiple forms, I will be using the same array to manipulate TScintilla objects instead. This will make the IDE much faster when opening 10+ documents. I compared opening about 10 docs with SkyIDE and the same ones with NoteTab Light and NoteTab blew SkyIDE away in speed an I got very disappointed. So this is another thing that triggered me to pull the plug of SkyIDE for now.

Second, you know, when you open a new document, you know how you have the side bar on the left? Well it looked like if the side bar was part of the new child form. In reality, it was only one sidebar that resided on the main MDI form and all I did is set its parent to be the child form. Later on this gave me a lot of problems when closing all forms so I decided to actually, put the side bar on the child form. This made SkyIDE even slower. Because each time a new form got created, a new side bar would have been created as well so this slowed things down and consumed more memory.

Thirdly, the multi view, creating documents on the fly. There is a bug with this and I spent a lot of time searching (while not knowing what to search for) and I found nothing. If you grab the splitter of the new document and try moving it up down a few times, "somehow" intermittently it will join with the second new view and it gets messed up. I could not fix this. So there is another reason I got let down....

Fourth, the class viewer and object viewer on the side bars, are full of bugs, they don't alawys operate correctly. I believe the initial versions worked fine but after I added the classs viewer things messed up

I was continuing development with BCB 6 instead of 2006 -- as a version of TScintilla was not available at the time for BCB 2006. I don't know about now.

So what is the future? I want to re-write the whole thing with BCB 2006. If a version of TScintilla is available for this version of BCB I will go with it otherwise, I will have to look for somethning else even a commercial tool.

I am waiting for a new Trinity release before I finalise this CD. There is a small show stopper with Trinity which I am unable to fix automatically although it can be fixed once it starts if you know what you are doing but I'd rather have it working "out of the box". The author replied to me and said he will fix the problem and the issue is in his todo list for the next beta. Once this is finalised, I intend to release the ISO. Currently I am just experimenting.

Hmm I looked at as pointed out by mediaguycouk, it seems like there isn't an official one, there are just references to it as a generic form but then...I only looked at the first page. I like this one but we'll see what happens.

Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, it took me ages to come up with SkyIDE - something which is not taken. Google back then returned only two pages, some foreign URLS and something else to do with a "New York" "skyide". Those suggestions are great and yes, removing the word "CD" will justify a move breaking the 700MB limit. Unfortunately (for me) some of those names are in use but turns out "Multi Rescue System" is free and it sounds good when abbreviated the "MRS" as long as you don't spell it as "Mrs" haha :)

Any preferences of the following names? :)

Ultimate Rescue CD (URCD) - I like this
Ultimate Rescue Disk (URD) - I like this too
Multi Rescue System (MRS) - I like this one too
Power Boot CD (PBCD)

Hey thanks for those responses. I don't know if I can call my self a distribution but a live CD, yes. I like both of your suggestions. I will have to write a little shell script that fixes a small error in relation with Trinity otherwise all other sections seem to work perfectly.

P.S. My bandwidth is 20000MB on my server so by the time only a few people download this, my site will be down for a month. is a good idea.

Those images are a bit over sized, sorry about it -- *Fixed*

and here is what happens when you for example select "GParted" (Image resized to viewable size)

As you can see most (in this case *all*) of the options of the original Live CD are available. I can either use VESA graphics for the menu or just the way it is.

I will label each entry as 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. so numbers can be used for shortcuts.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / The Ultimate Rescue CD
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:59 AM »
Hi there,

I would like to introduce you to something that I have been working on for quite some time. I call this the "Ultimate Rescue CD". I originally intended to keep this private for my own use but some of my friends wanted me to release the ISO. What's your opinion on this?

The background story: Why I created this? We already have a few boot CDs but none of them (in my own opinion) are really complete. So I decided to invest more time into linux and create my own boot CD with all the tools I will ever need. Have a look at the screenshots.

Will you be interested in having something like this and will you intend to test it? This is a critical decision as I am trying to find out whether people are interested or not. I am a bit reluctant to release it due to its size but if interest is shown I will go ahead with it. I am asking because the ISO is 595MB and uploading 595MB on my server might take some time. If this project goes ahead, I will need some servers to host the ISO. The project is consisted of open source software.


Included Software:
The big ones:

   System Rescue CD
   Trinity Rescue CD
   GParted Partition Editor
   Parted Magic
   Ultimate Boot CD for DOS

The little ones but good:
   AIDA System Diagnostic
   NT Offline Password Recovery
   GAG Boot Loader
   Derik's Boot and Nuke

These are all included on the CD/ISO. What do you think?

Also, each of the big ones such as System Rescue CD etc, when you select the entry, another menu is shown with most of the options available to that CD.

Developer's Corner / Re: SkyIDE - Latest Release Information
« on: November 06, 2007, 05:51 AM »
A new build has been uploaded. SkyIDE Beta 15 Update 2

- More GUI Changes
- Fixed Crash when no documents are open and "New" is selected
- Moved the Object Viewer back to the left sidebar (dockable interface soon)
- Fixed a few graphical glitches


That GUI cries for dockable bars....after I pay my $800 car insurance bill...

Developer's Corner / Re: SkyIDE - Latest Release Information
« on: October 19, 2007, 05:54 PM »
Beta 15 Released:

- GUI changes to free up some screen space
- Added compiling rules. Each file in a project can have separate compiling parameters
- Added "Search with Google" function on the right click popup menu (experimental)
- Many bug fixes
- Other changes as discussed in this thread...

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: TECHOpinion.Net Launched
« on: October 01, 2007, 02:50 PM »
Thanks for that. Actually, it is a blog. It's wordpress blog :)

I just added RSS and Comments feeds.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / TECHOpinion.Net Launched
« on: October 01, 2007, 03:53 AM »
Hello everyone,

It is with great pleasure to announce my new web site "TECHOpinion.Net". I got permission to make this announcement.

TECHOpinion.NET is a new web destination mainly designed to bring you the latest technological news, reviews editorials and articles about operating systems, mobile phones, and technology in general. Soon we will be bringing you our own articles. You have full permission to link them to our site. Please stand by as we are preparing and advancing our site. Tell your friends about and everyone you know. I am sure we will not let you down with our news headlines.

Our aim is to post non-boring operating system and technology news, something that you would want to read. We post our operating system and technology news on a daily basis. One difference between and other well known web sites is that when we post the news, we post a whole bunch of them, not just 3-4 titles a day.

All traffic from is redirected to There will be a new version this week and it will be dubbed "SkyIDE by TECHOpinion.Net - News Portal"

Check it out: and see what you think.

I think I am gonna go ahead with this. I will buy it, I like it and I will revamp the look and feel of the IDE with docking windows, control, menus and toolbars.

Hmmm, thanks for that, I am just trying to figure out if those two web sites are the same company. I was originally looking for docking controls.



and then, this could be the same company, I am not sure


I'd like to buy it and use it for SkyIDE but it is pretty expensive about $150 :o

if I make SkyIDE look like this, along with all the bug fixes and features, it will be a very good release.

Does anyone have any opinions?

Well I recently started a different project which I announced over here, a toolbar/launcher like program until I got stuck into a section that I simlpy don't have a clue how it works. Why does MS make things so complicated for something as retrieving a bitmap of an icon! I gave up as I started spending way too much time on it...

It should be VERY simple, just return an IMAGE object or similar which I can simply assign to something but noooo, I have to go through some code rituals which I don't understand "why?"

Developer's Corner / Re: Dev-C++ Discontinued?
« on: September 17, 2007, 04:23 AM »
I used to use Dev-C++ quite a bit in the past. Honestly, I'd be sad to see it go and I hope the development continues. Unfortunately myself I can't be of much help as I don't know the Pascal syntax and I am reluctant to learn it. I'd rather learn PHP and even that. I only prefer C++ based languages. I am thinking of open sourcing my own project but I really don't know what to do at the moment. I need time. It is a big decision to make. Back on topic, Dev-C++ is a great IDE and it was my driving force originally until I moved my own way.

Developer's Corner / Re: SkyIDE - Latest Release Information
« on: September 12, 2007, 06:18 AM »
Hmm, yes, those plugins will surely give me a headache. Some people have requested from me to make SkyIDE  pluggable in a way that it will let add new language/compiler. Well, the thing is, things are a bit complicated. I CAN create a work around and give the users the same functionality BUT it will take me seriously long to do that. For me to add a new compiler I do have to physically add quite a bit of code.

Here is another screenshot. This one shows how things work so far. I just tested the custom compiling rules sections for C++ and they seem to work the way I intended to.

Developer's Corner / Re: VB6 - where to go now?
« on: September 11, 2007, 03:06 PM »
Yea I don't know much about .NET and MONO but I believe you. If .NET is calling up Windows APIs then you get in trouble with MONO and it will not work on Linux.

Aha, look what I found

FreeBASIC is an open source, 32-bit BASIC compiler with the syntax the most compatible possible with MS-QuickBASIC that adds new features such as pointers, unsigned data types, inline-assembly and many others.

FreeBASIC has the following other editions available: FreeBASIC for Linux.

I might integrate this into SkyIDE and treat it like a C++ compiler.

Developer's Corner / Re: VB6 - where to go now?
« on: September 11, 2007, 04:27 AM »
And just for the record, I don't like Delphi/Pascal but a LOT of people do like it hehehe

I disgree with logic and syntax (especially) but that's just me :)

I agree with VB's logic/syntax more than Delphi's

Developer's Corner / Re: VB6 - where to go now?
« on: September 10, 2007, 03:08 PM »
.NET is cross platform in a way. MONO for Linux and Windows.

Developer's Corner / Re: VB6 - where to go now?
« on: September 10, 2007, 05:58 AM »
Either Delphi or VB.NET however you should consider learning C++ in the spare time. Had you known C++, you would have had no problems with C#.

Developer's Corner / Re: SkyIDE - Latest Release Information
« on: September 09, 2007, 05:50 AM »
As much as I have "not" been doing any work lately, over the weekend I have spent a lot of time, almost entire day working on SkyIDE.

I think you will like what you see in here.

I have been very busy lately but I finally managed to find a way how to manage my time more efficiently.

Oh yes also, that code above is obsolete :) I don't use it. It started causing me a lot of "unexpected" problems so instead I moved the whole thing to the child window via design time and it does not take a lot of memory when creating new instances of the form.

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