Coding Log Report for GSoc 2013
17 June - 23 June
Coding Begins for GsoC working on codepatch to be uploaded to brlcad uploaded the sourcefile for new push routine which supports the -x option for xpush but still needs further testing and modifications.
18 june 2013 Added a new functionality to new push routine where the push would recognise the the xpush case even in a case where the -x option is ommitted or ignored.
Tested the new routine and extracted patch to be uploaded to sourceforge replacing the previous push file I uploaded.
To discuss with mentors whether there is an implementation of the Inverse of a 4x4 matrix in the brlcad source code.
Looking at the implementations of the Inverse of the matrix in BRL-CAD
24 June - 30 June
- Monday June 24
Looked at the definitions for the inverse of a 4x4 matrix as defined in /src/libbn/mat.c. However, i realised orthogonal matrices were not taken into consideration. So added functionality to determine inverse faster for othogonal matrices and to upload patch to sourceforge shortly.
Started creating structures for the pull routine that is ( pull_obj and p_solid) structures to hold objects to be pushed and solids currently being pushed on a CSG tree. Code to be added to sourceforge Shortly.
re-read the HACKING file to make sure i conformed with the coding standards for BRL-CAD.
- Tuesday June 25
Further tested the bn_mat_inverse routine(src/libbn/mat.c) and modified patch that was to be uploaded yesterday but failed due to poor network connection.
Looked at the libbn library especially mat.c which would be useful for implementing the pull.
Studied the vmath.h header and discovered the transform.c file which could be applied in creating the pull routine.
Uploaded the pull.c first patch and bn_mat_inverse patches due to failure in network for them to be uploaded yesterday. Inverse Matrix support for orthogonal matrices
Will need some clarification from mentors concerning my design strategy for the pull routine.( The necessary functions i would need to create or call from the source) in order to implement a complete pull routine.(Asked on mailing list.) still to continue work on push and xpush merger.
Saw the importance of magic numbers in taking note of visited nodes along the CSG tree. Also, thought of checking the matrix transformations for each node to determine if node has been visited but since magic IDs were used in the push then i could use both in pull when performing the inorder walk from the leaf(solid) nodes.
Moreover, for objects in database, dp->d_uses was used but not safe as defined push.
- Wednesday July 26
Earlier part of the day used for preparation for and wrote an Information System test before working.
Added the new pull routine to the setup.c(/src/mged/setup.c) interface and included the new command into the CMakeLists.txt file(/src/libged/CMakeLists.txt) in the brlcad source
These patches also included the removal of the xpush command to support the new push and xpush. Patches to be uploaded to sf.
Added new pull routine declaration(ged_pull(struct ged *,int, char *)) to the ged.h header so it can be accessed by other files. patches to be uploaded to sf.
Added new pull to tclcad_obj.c file(/src/libtclcad/) although with support of more than one arguments i'll first of all try to test with only one argument then see how far it goes;this is so that it's available in the internal database interface.
Added tentative ged_pull() function definition to the pull.c file to enable it to be accessed by files calling function.
However since ged_pull() routine does not compile code can't compile due to unused variables so will create some dummy operations just to see how blank routine works and get it started.
Well just realised that the orthogonal matrix consideration in the bn_mat_inverse routine in mat.c is causing the benchmark tests to fail. Gotta sit on it and fix the bug. Pull Patch
- Thursday 27 June
Travelled to Douala and spent the whole day trying to cash the prepaid GSoC deposit. However, tried working on a bug in the mat.c file(/src/libbn) where the inserted code patch for orthogonal matrix support is giving wrong answers during the benchmark test. Discovered a little error calling the bn_mat_mul2() routine and now code passes 3 benchmark tests and fails 3.Will perfect code and upload codepatch tomorrow on sf.
- Friday 28 June
Looking at the bn_mat_inv() routine and performing some tests to ensure all benchmark tests succeed.
Checked the orthogonal matrix support and code still fails 3 regression tests after testing and checking need some assistance for this. Started a detail analysis and study of the push command from the ged_push() routine. This is to enable me understand perfectly the implementation hacks of the push in order to implement a push correctly especially when it comes to dealing with the points and matrix transformations at the node and leaf levels on the CSG tree.
To check all reviews from code patches so as to start working on them tomorrow. Modified push Modified bn_mat_invThis patches passes some regression tests; but i don't understand why it still doesn't work perfect. Don't really see the problem here
1 July - 7 July
- Monday 1 July
Well did not code because of Preparations to attend the Google Student's Ambassador's Summit in Nairobi, Kenya for Africa. This summit goes on for the whole week. But will try to fix problems with my code patches while at the summit.
- Tuesday 2 July 2013
Boarded Kenyan Airways flight from Douala Int'l to the Jomo Kenyatta Int'l in Nairobi which took about 5 hours; then registered with the GSA team.
- Wednesday 3 July 2013
Attended the First day of Summit where we had talks with Google Engineers about being a good ambassador. Presentations were given by Mr. Obum Ekeke , Tayib Fall and others about opportunities at Google.
- 5 July 2013
Third day of Summit where we focused on making greater impacts on our communities in Africa; with awards given to Star GSAs of the previous years. Shared ideas and experiences for the Moonshot idea competition organised as per country we emerged 3rd after South Africa and Kenya. Developed plans to execute our moonshot idea as we returned home after the summit
- 6 July
Preparing for return trip to Douala Int'l and went round Nairobi for shopping and other stuffs.
- 7 July
Returned from Nairobi to Douala and after meeting family travelled to Buea to prepare for coming week.
8 July - 14 July
- 8 July 2013
Wrote a report to be submitted to the Vice Chancellor concerning my experiences on Google Student Ambassador's summit and preparing for a Numerical Analysis Exam Took further look at source code(/src/push.c) to see how the matrix transformations are applied to the coordinate points of the node so as to determine a way of extracting the original matrix transformation or almost exact matrix transformation for source code.
15 July - 21 July
22 July - 28 July
Since i'll have to attend the Google Student Ambassador's summit in the first days of July and exams begin on the early part of July i'll move some of the work overhead to june when coding begins.
Community Bonding Period
June 13 TODO: combination of push and xpush routine.
changed xpush to push -x
Integration into MGED and tests of new command.