objarni's picture

Feedback idea

I have this idea that feedback is one of the psychologically most important aspects of software development.

So I thought, what will increase the feedback most when developing an OpenTK application..? Screenshots are traditionally a really good "carrot" for inspiration and progress. If there was a simple way to create a screenshot and put it up at the opentk blog, it would increase the feedback rate for me.

Continuing that thought line, I know that Progress.Start(path) opens up the file browser of the operating system.
Also, Progress.Start(url) opens the browser at the specified URL (or a new Tab if you're in Firefox). The URL to add a blog post at opentk.com is http://www.opentk.com/node/add/blog, at least if the browser caches the login to opentk, which it does here. And, the GLControl has a "screenshot" method called GetBitmap.

Could I mix all these ingredients into something productive..?


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the Fiddler's picture

OpenTK: the next step in blogging automation! :p

How do you plan to log into the site? (edit: cached credentials, this could work!) Maybe the WebBrowser control has something you can use?

Could this work as a form of semi-automated bug reporting..? ("The Open Toolkit has crashed. Send report? Yes / No / Details")

objarni's picture

Haha that's an idea with bug reporting.

The web browser control is a cool idea. Would it cache the credentials..?

Entropy's picture

Sweet idea!

It would certainly encourage me to blog properly (i.e. "at all") on the development of LinkSphere...

the Fiddler's picture
objarni wrote:

Haha that's an idea with bug reporting.

The web browser control is a cool idea. Would it cache the credentials..?

No idea, but there's a chance you can actually specify the necessary information and login through the control.

objarni's picture

If someone has some time over please try this out, I'm at work now

objarni's picture

Fiddler: how do you specify credentials? I mean are they post-variables in the HTML protocol? I'm no webdev either... :)

triton's picture

An even more useful thing would be a script that records a video and uploads to YouTube. That would rock! :D

objarni's picture

Heh yeah but that's step two :)

Step one is screenshots with comments!

the Fiddler's picture

If by "records" you mean capturing a series of tif images, then it's relatively easy. If you mean actual video encoding it starts getting hairy.

Does anyone know if ffmpeg ships a commandline encoder/converter utility? In that case, it might be possible to feed the screen capture to this utility and upload the result automatically.

Edit: there actually is! Let's see what I can come up in 15'.

Edit 2: Duh, I totally forgot about mencoder!

objarni's picture

Anyone trying out the "light" version of this idea..? I mean the screenshot scenario? I'll have some time to try it out tonight if no one else rushes before me..