Introducing ebuilds That Build Kotlin Core Libraries from Source

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An initial and successful attempt to create source-based Kotlin packages on Gentoo

Since the last blog post regarding my GSoC project was posted, I moved on to the next part of the project: improvements on the Kotlin ebuilds in the Spark overlay created during last year’s GSoC, namely dev-java/kotlin-common-bin and dev-lang/kotlin-bin. As shown by the -bin suffix in the packages’ names, these are packages that simply install the Kotlin library and compiler binary JARs pre-built by the upstream instead of build those artifacts from source like how the vast majority of Gentoo packages do and how Gentoo’s guidelines propose. …

Properly Handling Process Output When Using Java’s ProcessBuilder

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Another mysterious disappearance of me from my personal website has happened after the previous one in last November. The reason is the same: I had been quite busy. But unlike last time, I do not think that the things which kept me busy in the past month were futile. I spent significant amount of time helping students in a software engineering course for which I was a teaching assistant, and assisting others is always a meaningful activity in my opinion, regardless of the type of assistance being offered, the context, the recipient of the assistance, or the form. …

MC Forge Mod Dev Blog: Adding a Configuration GUI - 1.16 Version

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The very first blog post for this series covered how I created a configuration GUI screen for a Minecraft Forge mod targeting Minecraft 1.14.4 and above, despite the fact that the related framework and library classes have been removed from Forge, and the core developers have decided that it should never be added back. I am extremely disappointed to see LexManos, the leader of Forge, harshly rejecting more than one year of hard work of @Cadiboo, the developer who started that linked pull request, with a willy-nilly closure of the pull request. …

MC Forge Mod Dev Blog: Migrating to Minecraft 1.16

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It is no longer news that Minecraft Forge has stable Minecraft 1.16 support, as the first recommended build for 1.16.x, which is Forge 34.1.0, was released in September 2020, very soon after I published the previous blog post for this serires about an update to my mod project. Development of Forge for Minecraft 1.16.x already had significant progress when the update for my mod was worked on, and I contemplated adding support for 1. …

MC Forge Mod Dev Blog: Adding a Configuration GUI

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Minecraft Forge had been shipping a configuration GUI framework which mods could use to provide customization options, but the framework has been gone since Minecraft 1.13. This post describes how I created a mod configuration GUI without using that framework by directly using APIs of Minecraft. The procedure shown in this post is applicable to Minecraft 1.14.4 and 1.15.x. I did not check its correctness on Minecraft 1.13.x and old 1. …