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With every change a new challenge

Posted 01-17-2012 at 08:28 AM by m3rl1n
Updated 01-17-2012 at 08:35 AM by m3rl1n

Since my last blog entry I have improved my Linux OS skills dramatically. I am happy to say: I am comfortable with Linux now.

My Programming efforts:
I discovered a serious lack of support and documentation for ORB (any ORB), and its implementation in a GUI Linux/Windows/Mac environment. On console applications them ORBS thrive well, but writing a X-Window Application with a toolkit (e.g. QT4) is a true disaster - them ORBs turn into ORCs!

Trolltech Qt4 dev. toolkit:
So for my multi-tier X-Window program I dropped the whole >2 'tier' ORB based idea, and I fell back to standard Client-Server technology. Being a security ant picker, I discovered a serious lack in support (by Trolltech) regarding defined x509 certificates. openSSL (x509) works fine on Linux with for example MySQL, so you'd expect that something simple as: allowing a certificate to be defined for an x-Window client - developed with the Qt Toolkit, and/or the C MySql API with the Qt Toolkit, would automatically be supported? Wrong!

I implemented AES Rijndael for storing sensitive data, over SSL - that went smooth, and I wrote an installer with registration, activation and verification of program license - all for the Linux platform. The latter was a brain teaser. Now I am focussing on implementing Internet search technologies into my application. Yay more headaches!

I am impressed - at least, to say how stable Linux is and how smooth it works.
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