Bug 151369 - wish: search history list
Summary: wish: search history list
Alias: None
Product: kphotoalbum
Classification: Unclassified
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Platform: unspecified Linux
: NOR wishlist (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: KPhotoAlbum Bugs
Keywords: junior-jobs
: 220993 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2007-10-26 10:41 UTC by Risto H. Kurppa
Modified: 2021-01-27 23:40 UTC (History)
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Description Risto H. Kurppa 2007-10-26 10:41:46 UTC
Version:           svn (using KDE KDE 3.5.8)
OS:                Linux

Having a list of previous search strings would be very useful:

Use case: 
Having done some complex search you browse your photos, see something interesting there and decide to make a new search to see the images 'around' that interesting image (same folder, same people or so..). You do your changes there - but now when you want to get back to the original view you need to type in all the search criteria again. OK, I know there's the back button, but it's slow, say you go three or five steps away from the original view..

So in two words: search history

I'd think it should not be too difficult to create: the strings are there, the thing is to save them somewhere and show (in the search dialog?). It could be saved in a temp file for one session only or also say 'last 15 queries' saved permanently.
Comment 1 Jesper Pedersen 2009-07-10 17:42:08 UTC
Here is a pretty cool junior job for someone who is ready for a slightly
more complex junior job (it might take a few days). Here is my suggestion
to it:

From the users perspective the home page should have a "History item" which
shows the last say 15 items. The items should be shown using the
breadcrumbs (That is like at the bottom of the browser window).

Here are some hints for the code:

Step 1: Add a history item to the browser
Add the item for Browser/OverviewPage.cpp. You would need to adjust
rowCount(), data(), and activateChild(). You may wish to make
activateChild() do nothing for the first step.

Step 2: Implementing a new page
For this you would need to implement a new page, which you instantiate in
the OverviewPage::activateChild(). You do so by subclassing
QAbstractListModel and BrowserPage much similar to the OverviewPage class

I'd suggest that you just use canned data for this step.

Step 3: Making the new page work
For the new page to work, you would need to actually store the history
somewhere in the data structures, and to update those data structures while

The first question to consider will likely be, should the data be saved between
sessions or not. I'd suggest not doing so initially, as that might be more
work (however, for the "adding a favorites page" bug, we would need the
code nevertheless).

If you want to save the history in the database, then you would need to add
methods to the DB interface (DB/ImageDB.h), which is implemented in XMLDB
and SQLDB. I suggest that you keep the DB in mind, but goes for a local
storage initially.

In the data structure you would need to save the current search. If you go
for storing the search in the DB, then you likely need to serialize it
somehow). All the info about the current search is available in instances
in DB/ImageSearchInfo.h

When you have the data structure in place for this, your final task is to
populate it during browsing. I think the easiest would be to hook into
Browser::BrowserWidget::addAction (Browser/BrowserWidget.cpp). You would
need a way to identify when the browser have made it to a "leaf", ie. you
do not want a history looking like

Jesper & Anne Helene & Noone Else & Mallorca
Jesper & Anne Helene & Noone Else
Jesper & Anne Helene

But only want the topmost of those.
Comment 2 Risto H. Kurppa 2010-01-02 18:52:06 UTC
*** Bug 220993 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***