I'm preparing for an interesting trip... Finishing up Qt 4.4.0, as Thiago blogged about yesterday, I'm spending my time planning activites for 4.5 and 4.6. Input from everybody is crucial these days and months ahead; we want to hear first hand from you all what we should focus on. So I'm going on a trip to meet our fellows and users face to face :-). It goes something like this:
Oslo - Prague - Milan - Helsinki - Frankfurt - Sao Paolo - Porto Alegre - Sao Paolo - Frankfurt - Oslo
Thiago pointed out that I'll be in four countries in just two days. One is a connection, so it doesn't really count ;-). But I'm not used to traveling, and I prefer economy over business [*] ;-). I enjoy airtime, so it'll be fine.
I'll be in Milan for the April Plasma sprint. Hoping for quality time with some of KDE's Plasma developers. I'm there to look and listen, hopefully I can help out with something. I'll share some ideas we have for improvements to Graphics View and Qt in general, we'll see what comes from that. Looking forward to beer in the evenings too of course ;-). Unfortunately (a slight communication error or lack of attention from my side) I'll be there a day late, arriving the evening of the 11th, and I have to leave the evening of the 13th, so I'll only be there for two whole days. Still, I'm very much looking forward to this event :-). Got my laptop, prepared to eat chips, drink coffee and coke, and just help out.
After that I'm heading to Helsinki to co-present some of our plans for Qt for a group of representatives of our future benefactors. :-) At first I was intimidated by the upcoming acquisition. Now I've learned that there are some really cool people working for Nokia, they're down-to-earth, they respect the work that we're doing, and also the methodology and development culture that Trolltech is known for. Arriving at 00:55 that day (ugh!).
Then I'm going to Sao Paolo (Thiago's home town!), having some pizza, staying over one night and then going to Porto Alegre to attend the FISL (9° Fórum Internacional Software Livre) to present how Qt is evolving to match tomorrow's UI requirements across all platforms.
Oh and btw, our plans point in the direction of improving stability, quality, and performance of Qt as a whole. My sketchboard is also covered with ideas on how we can evolve the UI (thinking about styling, benefits and limitations our widget model, animation support, and more).
If you have small or large features you'd like to see in Qt, go ahead and open the threads on qt-interest, QtCentre.org and other forums. Get your ideas out, get feedback for them, and let us know about it.
[*] I've never flown business class ever before, and I'm proud of it!