Aliaksei Syrel

AliakseiSyrel-avatar I am a bachelor student at the University of Bern in the Software Composition Group. Under the supervision of Andrei Chiș I work on my thesis in the area of embeding visualisations in user insterface or moldable tools.

I contribute to Pharo and currently work on Brick, a project with the aim of bringing beautiful vector-based widgets on top of Bloc.

As part of Glamorous Toolkit team I am involved in building moldable tools and Pharo IDE.

Projects

Sparta

Sparta is an almost stateless vector graphics API for Pharo that provides bindings to the Moz2D rendering backend. Moz2D is the extracted graphical engine from Mozilla Firefox compiled as standalone shared library together with the extern C bindings required to call the engine from Pharo.

Sparta won 2016 ESUG Innovation Technology Award.
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Overview

(All images are rendered using Sparta in Pharo) "Sparta" string rendered with applied neon filter

Backends

Moz2D, and as result Sparta, has support of native OS graphic engines, as well as cross platform ones. On all platforms Sparta provides support of Cairo and Skia. Additionally, high performant CoreGraphics and CoreGraphics Accelerated on Mac OS and Direct2D on Windows. In total Sparta supports 5 different rendering backends.

Text

One of the biggest improvements compared to existing graphics engines from Pharo is advanced high quality text rendering with multi-language support. Multilanguage support in Sparta The current Pharo text rendering engines draw a piece of text with one concrete font and style. If the font does not have an appropriate character, a stub glyph will be rendered instead. Sparta introduces a notion of font groups that allow us to achieve a smooth fallback font detection based on the selected font style, language and missing glyphs. Fallback font support requires more complex text measurement, as multiple fonts faces are involved to render a single piece of text.

Filters

Since Sparta is based on the Moz2D backend that was designed for web browsers, we can get support for a wide variety of filter primitives. Sparta provides an ability to compose multiple filter primitives to get a single, advanced filter. For example, with the help of ColorMatrix and TableTransfer filters we can simulate some popular Instagram-like filters, for example Nashville, Inkwell or Brannan. Instagram-like filters implemented with Sparta

Basic drawings

We should not forget that first of all Sparta is a vector graphics engine. It allows developers to create, fill and stroke custom paths and shapes. Together with gaussian blur, we can achieve astonishing results that were not possible before. Basic vector graphics in Sparta

Brick

Brick is a set of vector-based material design widgets for Pharo.
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sponsored by ESUG as SummerTalk2015 project

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Spotter

Spotter search tool for Pharo is my second project which started based on ideas of Tudor Gîrba. Later on Spotter got a small international community around. Spotter
Spotter won 2015 ESUG Innovation Technology Award.
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Pager for GT Inspector

My first project in the Software Composition Group was called Pager which supposed to improve navigation in Moldable inspector. As part of it I got familiar with Pharo language and started actively participated as contributor and community member.

Publications

2015

  1. Andrei Chiş, Tudor Gîrba, Oscar Nierstrasz, and Aliaksei Syrel. The Moldable Inspector. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on New Ideas, New Paradigms, and Reflections on Programming & Software, Onward! 2015 p. to appear, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2015. DOI PDF 
  2. Andrei Chiş, Tudor Gîrba, Oscar Nierstrasz, and Aliaksei Syrel. GTInspector: A Moldable Domain-Aware Object Inspector. In Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, and Applications: Software for Humanity, SPLASH ’15 p. to appear, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2015. DOI PDF 
  3. Juraj Kubelka, Alexandre Bergel, Andrei Chiş, Tudor Gîrba, Stefan Reichhart, Romain Robbes, and Aliaksei Syrel. On Understanding How Developers Use the Spotter Search Tool. In Proceedings of 3rd IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization - New Ideas and Emerging Results, VISSOFT-NIER’15 p. 145—149, IEEE, 2015. PDF 
  4. Aliaksei Syrel, Andrei Chiş, Tudor Gîrba, Juraj Kubelka, Oscar Nierstrasz, and Stefan Reichhart. Spotter: towards a unified search interface in IDEs. In Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, and Applications: Software for Humanity, SPLASH ’15 p. to appear, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2015. DOI PDF 

Awards

Talks

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