Took a day away from Image Soup to try to catch up on administrative details and to contemplate my future with the local internet provider that I use. They have brought me on board, and I am very psyched.
learning Perl is not as tough as I thought in some respects, but configuring the server to do anything interesting is proving to be difficult. I'm not talking about the SGI, I'm talking about NCSA 1.3 on a BSD2.0 system. I don't have any privileges in terms of the config, so I have to use .htaccess files, and these I feel are not excellent solutions. The real hard time is finding documentation on the server. I use the NCSA docs at hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu, but these are not well organized, and the tutorials aren't. At any rate I can't get forms to process, I don't know how to use method="get", and the server won't let me method="post".
Today - Thursday/Friday, August sometime 18th (I think).
Well, it's been a long day.
I had coffee with Keith and Penelope this morning so I was late for my client appointment. I am learning WEB Force Author, and Netscape httpd. I had to get some authoring done today. We had a good core set of docs together, but two days ago, we made huge changes to the structure of an online calendar of events. This caused my brain to go into major paroxysms of REWORK-A-Phobia.
Espescially since I am kind of new to this SGI thing (not the BOX, the authoring tools) but I finally have the hang of it.
WEB Magic Author is cool because:
Over all, the curve has been a little steep - about 3 days but I am satisfied! my client PAYS too!
Anyway back to the re-work - so we bashed this idea around some, and have really settled on something special! I think it's a new way to think about event scheduling - a very cyber way. When it's on-line - you'll know.
But the idea is the easy part implementing it is tough and I had to completely rework most of the data. WEBMagicAuthor (WMA from now on) has been pretty helpul in making the switch easy. One problem is that there is no cut and paste between windows, but load and save as seems to work well enough.
You have probably noticed that unless someone is a major MIS house, they don't store anything SERIOUS in a WEB page, so I am editing small documents. Cut and Paste would be nice though.
just about lunch time we were ready to start to go down the road of publishing these pages on our server drive. I powered down, plugged the drive in <relief align=comic>GEE JERRY, WHAT'D YOU DO NEXT? I BET THE MACHINE DIED ON YA RIGHT - SO THIS IS JUST GONNA BE ONE BIG "how i fixed it diatribe"</relief>and the machine went down.
Anyway about an hour later we got it fixed and back to work I went.
About 3:30 or 4 I quit for the day.
I went to library.wustl.edu to ptp (Paper Transfer Protocal -aka- Xerox) an article for Penelope, and then headed over to Keith & Penelope's home to drop it off.
When I left there, I felt real GEEKY, so I went and bought a manual for PERL and have been reading it and doing examples since about 10:00pm. I dunno what time it is now, but the carpals are tunnelling and all the neurons are not firing.
g'nite - will post more later.