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Tuesday March 02, 2004
04:18 AM

What Nat's Playing With

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CSS, Filemaker from PHP, Javascript DOM and on* events, and other miscellaneous web development torture.

Of those, the thing that's giving me the most grief is definitely Filemaker. Access has better UI design, and the benefit of Real SQL Underneath. One of the long-term goals for the school is migrating away from Filemaker. I'm hoping it'll become a medium or even short-term goal. What a noxious piece of ass that software is. It's so ugly only its programmers could love it.

Ran into my first Javascript incompatibility within 15 minutes of writing my first line of Javascript. Apple released an update to Safari the next day that fixed it. Rock ON Mr Jobs.

I rocked up to the office today and Pam said "thanks".

I frowned. "What?"

"Thanks," she said. "I figured you were the only one who didn't get thanked last night, so ... thanks."

Everyone's a comedian.

--Nat
(now playing: Touch Me (I Want Your Body) by Samantha Fox)

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  • Access has better UI design, and the benefit of Real SQL Underneath
    For some values of "Real" :)
  • I've been playing with SQLite and it's great. I like to think of it as an embedded SQL database for people who don't want to run a separate database.
  • If they're running Filemaker, I assume they're a Mac shop? A long time ago in a publishing house far far away I vaguely recall a product called Butler SQL that ran on Macs and provided a reasonably pain-free upgrade from Filebreaker.
  • Jim Willis had similar headaches when he was doing a contract for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations [ri.gov].

    When he arrived, state officials were relying on a bizarre conglomeration of FileMaker and Access database scattered all over the place. (With that kind of IT architecture, it's amazing that anything ever got done.) So, among his first projects when he started working for the RI's Secretary of State was to consolidate (and harmonize) all of these databases using MySQL [mysql.com] and the rest of th