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Old 01-14-2009, 01:54 AM   #1
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Default New free open source brewing software

Over the past month, I have been developing something I'm calling "Brewtarget" from the ground up under the open source GPL3 license (meaning it has to legally remain free forever). Basically, it was something I hoped would satisfy my own desires. However, it has become the second largest software project that I've created, so now it's on sourceforge. Right now, I'm developing in C++ under Linux, and the GUI uses the Qt libray (which KDE is based on). However, the whole thing should be portable to Macs and Windows.

The reason I made it in the first place was to have it be able to deduce the amounts of grain you need given constraints on the OG, color, etc. So, that is the main goal, but I also want it to be easy to use and have all sorts of good tools. I could really use some help though, especially with the GUI. If you are a good C++ programmer, can document your code well, and know what MVC architecture is (this is a MUST), you should send me a message.

Click here to see/download the project.

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Old 01-14-2009, 03:34 AM   #2
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Can't help you with the coding, but if you need testers, let me know (I run Vista)

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Old 01-14-2009, 04:51 AM   #3
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I have macs and windows, glad to help test on windows and compile on macs. I've done qt apps on macs before, helped play w/ some dev work on hydrogen for a short while.

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Hmm, as a linux user I'm interested. Been years since I did any C/C++ but I might be able to help (you probably don't want it, one look at my code and you'd puke =P).

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Great idea and thanks for putting your work on SF. QT took a couple hours to install on my macbook pro vai ports. Was able to run the make file, but get this when I try to run it.

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$ ./brewtarget
-bash: ./brewtarget: cannot execute binary file
I know it's probably not ready for the mac, but thought i'd report my findings.

I'd be interested in helping if it were a web app, as I am a LAMP developer, but haven't worked with C++ enough to feel comfortable.
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From today's Slashdot:

"Qt, the highly polished, well documented, modern GUI toolkit owned by Nokia will be available under the LGPL starting with version 4.5! It was previously only mainly available under the GPL and a commercial license. Selling licenses was an important part of Qt under Trolltech as it was the company's main source of income, but Trolltech is a fruit-fly compared to Nokia, who want to encourage and stimulate the use of Qt Everywhere [PDF]. This is fantastic news for all commercial developers looking to create cross-platform applications without the need to buy a $4950 multi-platform license per developer."

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Great idea and thanks for putting your work on SF. QT took a couple hours to install on my macbook pro vai ports. Was able to run the make file, but get this when I try to run it.
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$ ./brewtarget
-bash: ./brewtarget: cannot execute binary file
I know it's probably not ready for the mac, but thought i'd report my findings.

I'd be interested in helping if it were a web app, as I am a LAMP developer, but haven't worked with C++ enough to feel comfortable.
Hm. Well, I would say that sounds like it didn't actually compile. There is a brewtarget executable in the package, but it is a Linux ELF executable which I don't think will execute on a mac. So, do a "rm brewtarget" then "qmake brewtarget.pro" then "make". Pay attention to any errors after the "make". If it didn't succeed, then you won't have another "brewtarget" file.
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Got it complied on mac too... haven't played w/ it much yet, but I'll post some pics here shortly.

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Ok, realized it won't copy to my other mac and run, which means I compiled a shared object binary, rebuilding things statically so it can be used elsewhere

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I do a lot of programming on Windows, and have done a good amount of linux programming in the past. I'm mainly doing windows work now, but would be happy to help with cross compiling and development work.

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