• CMake target_link_libraries() scopes

    2023-07-22 | 27 min read

    The CMake’s target_link_libraries() function has different scopes (PRIVATE/INTERFACE/PUBLIC), and I never understood what exactly each one of them means and how do they actually affect the final result.

    CMake, linking 3rd-party dependency, your SDK and application

    As there is a limit for how long one can postpone one’s ignorance, it finally came a time for me to investigate the matter, which I did by (reading the documentation and) conducting a small experiment of my own.

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  • Building stuff from sources on Steam Deck

    2023-05-28 | 38 min read

    My previous article about Steam Deck has exploded in size, so I decided to move the part about installing packages and building stuff into a separate article.

    Steam Deck, Konsole in Desktop mode and docked with mouse and keyboard

    But it’s not just already published parts, there are some new things too: in particular, I’ve managed to build Qt (both shared and static configurations) and used it to build my own applications.

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  • Steam Deck

    2023-04-10 | 113 min read

    If you play games (actual games, not press-X-to-win blurry movies), then undoubtly you have heard about Steam Deck. If you haven’t, then you can probably just go watch some more of your favorite titles on PS/Xbox/Switch/whatsthename instead of reading this wall of text.

    Steam Deck, Космические рейнджеры

    Yes, I’ve got my very own Steam Deck too. And as many have already said, it does exceed all the expectations (and then some).

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  • Норвежское гражданство

    2023-01-15 | 42 min read

    Наконец-то получил гражданство Норвегии (Королевства Норвегия!).

    Норвежский и русский паспорта

    Шёл я к этому достаточно долго, и было это не очень просто. Но самой сложной частью было найти работу в Норвегии, чтобы выехать из России; а после переезда в Норвегию процесс становления гражданином протекал, можно сказать, в автоматическом режиме, потому что от меня самого требовалось довольно немного, и мало что (если вообще хоть что-то) могло пойти не так.

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  • Qt на микроконтроллерах

    2022-12-24 | 7 min read

    Эта статья создавалась как перевод поста (который почему-то больше не доступен) из блога The Qt Company для публикации на Хабре. Но НЛО сказало, что статья рекламная, и опубликовать не дало.

    Qt on MCU

    Я бы не сказал, что это рекламная статья, хотя в ней действительно есть ссылки вида “свяжитесь с нашими консультантами” и там и сям упоминается коммерческая лицензия. Как бы то ни было, на Хабре статья так и не вышла, но вот теперь спустя четыре года (лучше поздно, чем никогда) выходит здесь.

    This article in english 🇺🇸.

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  • Qt on MCU

    2022-12-24 | 8 min read

    On the 2018-05-03 there was a post published in The Qt Company blog: “Qt on Microcontrollers”. It was about the first PoC of Qt running on several selected MCUs. I say “was”, because for unknown reasons that post is no longer available in the Qt blog.

    Qt on MCU

    All the work on that PoC was single-handedly done by Mikhail Svetkin, who was an embedded software developer in The Qt Company back at the time, and looks like the post was taken down at some point after he left the company (Internet Archive has the last snapshot on 2019-05-02). Perhaps the new project owner didn’t like something about that article?

    Anyway, I thought I’ll resurrect the post and publish it here for the history. Everything below is published almost as it was in the original post in the Qt blog.

    Эта статья на русском 🇷🇺.

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  • Managing dependencies in a C++ project with vcpkg

    2022-10-30 | 88 min read

    More than half a year ago I was trying out Conan package manager for resolving dependencies in our C++ project. The research went well, but we never actually proceeded with switching to Conan for the whole project. And then a couple of weeks ago I started looking into vcpkg.

    vcpkg logo

    I’ve heard about vcpkg before and even tried to make a vcpkg package for one library a couple of years ago, but back then I didn’t find documentation for this (as I now understand, that’s because one does not really create a “package”) and abandonned the task. I never thought I’ll be looking at vcpkg again, but recently I discovered that some teams have been switching from Conan to vcpkg, which sounded intriguing and promising, as we still needed a package manager for our projects.

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  • Visitors analytics with Microsoft Graph

    2022-08-15 | 27 min read

    Our company uses Office 365 and Azure Active Directory, which allows us to rely on SAML SSO for authenticating company users on our websites. At some point we got curious about what kind of users visit our websites - not quantities but kind of “corporate demographics”: what is their team/department name, their role/job title, their manager, country where their office is and so on.

    Microsoft Graph and charts

    We don’t collect any of this data on our websites (we probably could, at least on those where we control the authentication process, but we don’t). The only piece of information that we do have about our visitors (aside from IP-addresses in web-servers access logs) is their e-mails and GUIDs, thanks to SAML SSO. That might not seem like much, but knowing just the e-mails (or GUIDs) is actually quite enough, as one can use Microsoft Graph to query more data using those. And for the actual analytics purposes that data can then be visualized/presented using Matplotlib charts.

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  • LDAP authentication in ASP.NET Core MVC

    2022-06-16 | 23 min read

    We needed to make a (yet another) internal portal/website for employees, but this time, as that would be an internal resource, we decided to utilize users accounts data provided via LDAP by our office’s Active Directory, instead of (yet again) implementing “local” user identities like we did before with MySQL and PostgreSQL.

    .NET Core LDAP

    (Of course) we chose ASP.NET Core MVC for making the portal. And as both ASP.NET and Active Directory have been around for a while, and given the fact that both come from the same vendor, one would expect that implementing Active Directory users authentication via LDAP in such a setup to be a well-known topic with detailed documentation, examples and a lot of tutorials available. But as fucking usual, it’s not quite like that.

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  • Querying astronomy databases in ADQL via TAP

    2022-02-26 | 28 min read

    There are several astronomy databases that store various information about space objects such as stars and planets. Some (most?) of those databases expose their data via TAP interface, so it can be queried using ADQL.

    TAP ADQL sandbox

    Here I’ll be telling about how to get data from such sources and what sort of issues/problems one can encounter.

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