[Lazarus] Message dialogs in Lazarus

Darius Blaszyk dhkblaszyk at zeelandnet.nl
Sun Dec 19 21:00:02 CET 2010

Hi Brian,

It's not my thing normally to reply to rants, but I simply could not
resist. From time to time threads lead to discussions where people
express their grief with Lazarus (to say it mildly). Perhaps we should
create a FAQ on this ;) But to your remarks I can say only this;

If you have any issues with Lazarus then do something about it yourself,
other than accusing others not to work on what you think is important.
Please answer the following question for yourself: what have you
constructively done to improve Lazarus? 

Things that you could do, according to your expertise on the subject as
follows from your email;

- create a proposal to improve the release protocol for stable releases
- improve the comprehensive test suite for the GUI so it covers all
features of Lazarus. Please don't forget also all combinations of all
- implement a basic layout manager. While you're at it could you also
integrate it with the design editor? It will make our lives more easy.

Once you have done all this, and the quality is good enough I'm sure the
core developers will grant you SVN access. Development of Lazarus will
go faster for you and the future of Lazarus will look shiny again.

Please keep us informed of your progress.

Regards, Darius

On Sun, 2010-12-19 at 11:15 -0800, Brian Prentice wrote:
> Vincent,
> That is a ridiculous statement and is one of the main reasons  why this project is such a miserable failure.  All formal releases should be stable.  What is needed is a comprehensive test suit that covers all features of Lazarus.  This test software should be used for regression testing and run on all platforms whenever new features are added. Also new tests should be added to the suit to test these new features. If this is done all that is required is to obtain a clean run of this test suit on all platforms before each formal release.  As a bonus the test suit should be included with each release to provide clear examples of how to use Lazarus.
> The other main reason why this project is going nowhere is because the stated goal to write once and compile everywhere is completely incompatible with the desire to follow the native interface and design guidelines of each operating system that is supported.
> The project is further badly hindered by the stubborn  refusal of the designers to implement Layout Managers.
> Brian Prentice 
> On Sun 19/12/10 06:40 , Vincent Snijders vincent.snijders at gmail.com sent:
>     2010/12/18 Graeme Geldenhuys <graemeg.lists at gmail.com>:
>     > To Vincent,
>     >
>     > This is the exact thing I am talking about. Saying a "stable release"
>     > is a few weeks away, things like this should not be happening in
>     > Trunk. The mailing list is full of such reports.
>     >
>     I guess I am eager to release when it is ready. If it is ready, I
>     don't want to wait for weeks to be sure it is stable.
>     Vincent
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