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Saturday November 24, 2001
10:26 PM

Update on my project and PAUSE

I've applied for a PAUSE so that I can put my project on CPAN. I applied on the 15th, and I still haven't heard back from anyone... I guess I'll wait another while :) The ID I applied for is IDORU, so look there in a while and hopefully I'll have something up, when I get confirmation...

The basic system is almost ready, hopefully I will pull another allnighter and get it done. That's to say, I'll have a system that meets the basic criteria of - rendering a page, user creation/login, customisation and themes. So far I've not done any of the TT stuff, so I need to get up to speed with that soon.
Tuesday November 13, 2001
07:23 AM

What happened at this month's Belfast.PM meeting

The situation was not ideal as the computer there was WIP as opposed to WIMP. Luckily, Barry brought a laptop, which we plugged in everything seemed fine again. Andrew faffed around with Emacs *spit* for ages while Karen tried to fill in. After a while Andrew did the right thing (C-X, C-C) and just talked instead. We learned of his "port" of a Python app for tagging email. He is going to put it on CPAN for all to see.

Tony then talked on Class::DBI, the slides of which are available at his site. He said some controversial things which may never be repeated (until he talks about Class::DBI next time). Tony told us about what Class::DBI can do, and told us about helper modules. He introduced TT to some people too. We all went away and ported all our applications to use Class::DBI.

Paul mentioned a tool he has for swapping between use warnings and -w at install time, which some people got very interested in.

Barry showed us his Mail::Audit script and pondered about rejecting messages, but no-one seemed to know why it wasn't working for him.

That's all I can remember.
Thursday November 01, 2001
07:00 AM

Final year project

For my degree I have to do a project, and I was allowed to create my own. It will be along the lines of a mod_perl app framework that will allow user customisation, and will provide common functionality via plugins. The first plugin will be a forum / messageboard application.
It will probably use Template Toolkit and Class::DBI to do the majority of the work.

It's at the planning stage, and because this is for university, I have to write specifications and design documents and so on. I might release something by the end of the year, who knows. I'll put my progress reports in my journal here.

If you are interested in this project, please let me know. I will need (or it would be preferable) to have someone using the live system. If you use my system, you will be given full attention, as any problems will need to be sorted out in order for me to get a good mark for this project :)

Drop me a mail at use-perl-spam @, dropping the -spam, and I'll give you any information that you require.
Tuesday October 09, 2001
08:40 AM

Back to Uni

I'm back at university again, and I've already know what my assignments for the year are. I have something to hand in for each module after week 4, then again after week 10. I'm trying to stay on top of everything (it's only week 2 now).

I've decided to put my use Perl journal to good use and make notes of what I've been doing at uni, and to remind me of flashes of inspiration that quickly dissipate :)

Anyway, I want to implement a Memex after going to my HCI lectures, it looks interesting and seems to be a personal [E2] - the ideas on linking information are good.

Enough for now, more later.
Tuesday June 05, 2001
06:13 AM

I went to the meeting last night to find myself the only one there :(
I was rather disappointed as I would have liked to have heard the rest of Schwern's talk, and he's leaving for the states very soon...
Had a cup of tea, played my first game of Quake 2 multiplayer with Schwern and "Beowulf" then went home...
Thursday May 24, 2001
04:13 PM

Stop press - nice human being spotted

This isn't at all Perl related, but I'm going to put it here anyway.
I was the highest bidder in an ebay auction for a palmtop, but it was a reserve auction and the reserve was not met. I emailed the guy and after a while came to agreement over a price for it. (We had settled on £80). In the next email he offered it to me for £50 including postage because he understood the "financial difficulty" of being a student!
(Quote: "I am a teacher and recognised the English language usage as that of a student!", "I am fully aware of the problems you face financially and hope it helps").

I was pretty taken aback! What a nice guy! (Although I'm wondering what he meant in the part about my language usage... )
(He replied - it's due to the difference in language usage between generations.)
Wednesday May 23, 2001
06:38 AM

Bug business

Last week Richard Foley got back to me about being a perl bug administrator (and added me to the database). Unfortunately, I seem to have timed everything wrong! I was having an easy time at work for a few weeks as we were just tying up loose ends and waiting for our next assignment and I thought this would continue for a while longer. Alas, no. Now I'm stuck doing rather boring GUI testing and I'm busy again :(
Hopefully by next week things will have quietened down in work and I'll be able to start, erm, classifying bugs.
Tuesday May 15, 2001
08:57 AM

Say something funny!

Went to the meeting last night. I was the only non-blackstarian there. Schwern gave an interesting talk on good programming practice. It included a lot of stuff that should have been quite fresh in my mind (things I studied 1 year ago) but I had more-or-less forgotten about. I have lots of ideas about how to go about doing my project now.

Other stuff:
Thanks to quidity at #perl I have this link:

Thanks to chris at #perl I found this stuff at CPAN:

I think this could save me from wheel re-invention and help to get the site up a little bit more quickly.
Wednesday April 25, 2001
03:26 PM

my $domain = "World"; print "Hello $domain";

I just found this site today and I'm impressed by it so far. The journals section reminds me of the daylogs on [E2], but neater.

Perl related stuff:
Stayed up late last night implementing one of Jamie's ideas. I recently got him hooked on Linux via The Gimp, and anyway, he asked me if it was possible to get Visual Basic for Linux. (...) We talked for a while about this, with some possible solutions, and then we started coding a little cellular life program in Perl. It was quite interesting to do, and as I layed in my bed I realised that we had programmed a Tamagotchi-like game that requires no user-input :) Next step is allowing multiple cells to exist in the system and making them interact.

I haven't done much coding for my mod_perl project this week. I've mostly been reading perldocs and other such useful information though, so it hasn't been a complete loss by any means... I shall try to get more done this weekend though - last weekend I was quite productive as I stayed up late and coded until I could no longer keep my eyes open (caffeine deficient...). I might try that again this weekend...

-- Russell