- hardware announcements (solid)
- system monitoring (sysguard)
- power management (solid)
- network interfaces (solid)
not bad. and i know of at least a few more than will be coming for sure as well. each of them, except for the first two, have been written by different people who aren't me. i really need to get those tutorials written...
update: a chemical information engine landed in svn while i was sleeping last night. it uses data from the kdeedu project to provide access to information on various chemicals. this makes it the second engine by sebas (his first being the power management engine).
and when i read success stories like this one from the latest commit digest it makes me so very very happy (emphasis mine):
On the 18th June, Summer vacation started for me so I suddenly received a large amount of free time. The week before I had read that KDict was not going to be in KDE 4. As I had used KDict before and found it useful, I thought that replacing KDict would be a not-so-hard project to start developing on KDE with. At the same time, I also wanted to work on Plasma, the new, cool thing, so I decided to merge the two and write a dictionary Plasmoid. My friend, Jeff Cooper also wanted to get into KDE development so I asked him to help me.
On Monday, we easily wrote the plain text version of the Dict engine in a few hours after figuring out how to do TCP sockets in Qt. We were surprised at how easy it was to get working.
i can only imagine the explosion of plasmoids for these engines that will occur when we start offering script bindings through kross and expose the packaging creation and loading system to the outside world.
and that's just four concepts at work in plasma right now (engines, plasmoids, kross, plamagik packages) ... which is why when i look at other attempts to make "little desktop widgets" i tend to cringe and think, "they really don't get it, do they?" this is just the first set of steps to be able to really do what i want with the desktop. what we're seeing now is just the beginning to bigger and better things, and it really seems like we're already past the design and thought put into pretty much anything else out there.
i'll also be blogging on plasma progress at least daily during akademy. hopefully the hacking goes well so i have something to talk about ;)