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gizmo_mathboy
  reversethis-{moc ... } {yobhtamomzig}

aerospace engineer by education, all-around walking cesspool of knowledge by nature, and professional grade slacker by choice. Sysadmin at a major midwestern university.
Monday January 14, 2002
12:59 AM

The Bones have been laid...

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Well, I think I have the foundation laid down for my ticketing/CRM app, at least the bare bones.

Users can login and be validated. A cookie id's the browser. I sort of used one of Randal's Web Technique columns as a guide. I'm using a db for it instead of File/Cache::Cache.

Logins time out.

Users are divided into groups. There is a parent child relationship between groups. This facilitates viewing tickets/issues so that parents can see their children's issues but not vice versa. I think I might also add a "view as" so that a child can have a view like that of another group.

Users can open a new issue, update it, and if they are in the correct group they can close it and assign an owner.

The next big set of steps:

- throw it to the wolves...I mean users to beat on
- throw in the real value: automation
    - let people know an issue as been opened
    - let people know if there is incomplete info
    - other fun stuff I can not think of off the top of my
        head but is in my design book
- look at RT for ideas. I might even use it
- think about how to rewrite it to make it better
- document what I have already done (I wanted it up and
    running and skimped on the doco and comments (bad code
    monkey)
- move over to Apache so I can more easily play with things
    like Mason/Embperl/Templating systems/mod_perl/etc
    I still will be using MS SQL Server as the db but maybe
    I'll give PostGres a go.

Well, I need to get some sleep so I'm off to do some reading (Lucifer's Hammer - been meaning to read it for quite some timenow).

It seems that VPN is working (I need to grab a client so I can really get some work done at home). If nothing else I'll be away from the Proliant server. That things generates some righteous decibels of white noise.

I am anxiously awating my Dell Precision 610. It should arrive Tuesday. Mmmm...dual Xeons....for the low, low price of $190 ($245 with shipping), my buddy got a 410 for $70 ($120 with shipping). It ONLY has regular PII's ;-)

Of course that means I have to get my old box (compaq deskpro ep) fixed up for my girlfriend so she can use the intel pc cam I gave her for xmas(nothing nice, just good enough for 640x480 pictures and netmeeting). I also need to find a good broadband service for her.

I'm also waiting for Bookpool te send my order of O'Reilly books.

- Mastering Perl/Tk
- Practical PostgreSQL
- Programming Jabber
- Programming Web Services with SOAP

Sorry gnat, but it's hard to pass up 40% savings.

What else can I ramble on about...

I getting some Go books. I've always been interested in learning how to play. I downloaded a go game for my Handspring. It whooped me quite soundly. So I figured I should try and learn the basics.

I am also waiting for "Rebuilding the Wall". Damn you gnat! ;-)

Ok, I'm really, really done writing now.

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