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Friday June 14, 2002
12:22 PM

Let Down By Technology

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The ORA intranet has a page of editorial groups. I wrote a program that builds that page from a simple text file, querying LDAP to get email addresses.

Suddenly it stopped working. Oh, the LDAP server moved. Update the LDAP server location. Still no joy for most people.

Ah. It doesn't recognize their nicknames. Andy Oram isn't Andrew, Chuck Toporek isn't Charles ... It turns out that the nickname-friendly LDAP server was the proof-of-concept. The live LDAP server gets its info from HR, who are not nickname-friendly.

Bugfuck! A beautiful program, spoiled by the real world.


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  • "Bugfuck." That's a new one -- I like it!

  • Although it's nice to see ORA is continuing on with the LDAP project I started. Yell at Tim Allwine -- he probably had a hand in moving the system. You might also want to look at scrapping At one time, but the roster and the LDAP DIT got their information from the same feed (the HR database).