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WARNING: This implementation of an inter-process, inter-computer lock works with Cassandra only if you know that you are directly dealing with a single Cassandra node at a time. The Cassandra C++ driver (probably all the drivers) makes use of a set of threads to connect to several Cassandra nodes and if the load of the current thread/node pair becomes too large, it will automatically switch to another thread/node pair. This means your messages may not be received in the order you sent them to the database cluster. As a result, the lock mechanism described below will not function as ...

csspp 1.0.9 published

I pusblished a new version of CSS Preprocessor (csspp) because 1.0.8 had one fix from Coverity when there were 4 such bugs total. 1.0.9 includes the other 3 fixes. It was a missused & operator (the parenthesis were missing.)

Version 1.0.9 is otherwise pretty much the same as 1.0.8, I applied a few other clean ups and updated the copyright notice to 2016. The library will soon be 1 year old!

Download right here:

Project here: CSS Preprocessor tool and library

As I was working on the antihammering plugin for Snap!, I wanted to use the count() feature to quickly know how many hits there are for a given amount of time.

Only as I did that, I noticed that the count() was blocked at 100. The problem was that the predicate used at the lower layer in libQtCassandra would actually set the count maximum to 100 by default.

I think that since the count function only counts the columns of interest, that it goes really fast no matter what the counter maximum is and whether you have a predicate or not. So I changed the lower layer implementation to force the ...

csspp 1.0.8 published

The csspp compiler was updated after being scanned for potential problems by Coverity.

Coverity found one potential buffer overflow in the lexer. This was certainly not possible to reach because that specific function is private and only used for a very few characters. But it is always worth fixing such bugs.

There are two other small issues: a compiler was created with 'this' as parameter instead of 'true' and a test misused the & operator.

So, as an end user you will probably not see any difference between 1.0.7 and 1.0.8.

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The Zipios library was scanned using Coverity and we found a couple of variable members that were not initialized. Version 2.1.1 fixes these problems.

There were a few other fixes along the road that were really not major but are included in this version of the library. There is the changelog information:

  • Fixed a couple of class initializations that were missing.
  • Fixed a few system() call of which return values were not checked.
  • Added a BUILD_ZIPIOS_TESTS cmake option flag.
  • Fixed reference to README as as it is called now.
  • Allow for ZIPIOS_WINDOWS to ...

Sample Code:

QtCassandra::QCassandraRowPredicate row_predicate;

QtCassandra::QCassandraColumnRangePredicate column_predicate;

The Cassandra system allows you to read an array of rows or columns. This is done by a special query command sent to the database system.

The libQtCassandra library offers predicate classes giving you the ability to read a set of rows or columns all at once (see example above.) In general, reading more at once is better because it gives you a faster transfer rate to get one large block ...

csspp 1.0.7 published

The CSS specification clearly says that the CSS language itself is case insensitive. Unfortunately, it will be applied to data representing things such as the name of a class which is case sensitive. For this reason, it is important for csspp to keep input identifiers in the same case as it is found in the input file.

Version 1.0.7 includes that fix with tests used to verify that the code matches as expected.

Note that csspp still transforms function names to lowercase. This can cause problems with CSS used for Internet Explorer older versions (6 and earlier, versions that are not supported ...

csspp 1.0.6 published

Got CSS Preprocessor version 1.0.6 published.

This fixes a crashing problem with the minus operator (the following: "field: -;" crashes version 1.0.5 and earlier.) But that was not the point, just a side effect of writing many more tests.

The new system supports the @return at-command which means user defined functions work.

I wrote the necessary tests to check the system defined external functions. They all get checked. The result is that a couple were moved to internal functions so they would work (unique_id() and percentage() which cannot otherwise be implemented) and I added ...

csspp 1.0.5 published

The first version of csspp which with 100% coverage tests is now out. The .tar.gz is not yet available because still has a few problems... but you can grab the source from the GIT repository.

The library (and thus command line tool) include support for a very large number of internal functions, variables, user defined functions (without support for the @return yet), nested rules, nested attributes, C/C++ like expressions, arrays, maps, color operations, etc.

The expression support the following types:

  • Integer (numbers without a period)
  • Decimal number
  • ...

I looked around for a while and completely missed the fact that SASS actually offers an extension to compile CSS files from a C++ library. That being said, it was not really clear whether the feat still requires the Ruby scripting language running in the background. If so, I think that my solution: CSS Preprocessor, is going to be a lot faster and possibly easier to maintain long term.

Yes. The CSS Preprocessor project reads .scss files (i.e. files mostly compatible with SASS) and compiles them in CSS 3 that your browser can handle. Not only that, it will minify those files as much as ...

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