I wished that this day would never come

A friend of mine finally convinced me to make a (dum dum dum) myspace account. So far I hate it. There’s no point for me to use it except for the fact that it’s a good way to meet people. Random people that is.

Today some random chick asked me to add her to my friends list, or however you say that.. I was like, “uh, okay”. Whatever, I guess that’s what it’s for.

I also thought that it was funny how it says, “HTML / DHTML allowed.” It also says that Javascript is not allowed. Anyone that knows anything about DHTML knows that a huge part of it is Javascript.

If you want to know what the url for it is, leave me a message with your email address and I’ll tell it to you.

Jon Howe

Things I’ve learned

My last two days have been for lack of a better word, educational.

I know that I’ve been raving about how Hula is so awesome, and it truly is. A few days ago however, I found a new mail server called Zimbra. Zimbra is Seriously Awesome. It’s got a ton of AJAX built in. I can’t say how awesome it “looked”. Okay, enough on how great it is.

Zimbra looked good enough that I decided to install it on my personal server, which this blog runs on as well. When I actually installed it I went through the normal installation procedure, and started up the server. I saw how sweet the admin interface was, and then decided to post here how awesome it is.

I typed in my blogs address into firefox and to my dismay, it failed to load, with an apache tomcat error!! For those of you who know about Linux webservers, apache tomcat, is not a standard webserver for html files, it’s a server for Java Servlet Packages.

The installation of this package completely took control of my server, disabling mysql, and my webserver which runs apache2.

It took me a while to figure out what was wrong and fix it. That’s just one of those things that you just say to yourself, “I’ll never do that again”.

I also learned that it’s always a good idea to be prepared time wise when you’re 1. in an area that you’re not familiar with. 2. it’s dark 3. it’s raining. To put it into a short explanation, i had a fun time getting to class tonight.

Anyways, I need back to my classwork.

Jon Howe

Website Progress

The website that I mentioned earlier is almost done, all that has to be done is make a minor addition to it, which should be done by Friday.

Next week I’ll be doing some pretty heavy quality testing to make sure that everything works as it should. After that I’ll have a link up for you to check it out, and a temporary account for you to use.

I’m really liking web design / programming. I actually have another project in mind already. I really can’t talk about it, but here’s a hint and a request for help: “Does anyone know an aircraft pilot?”.

Jon Howe

Hula is Shaping up to be Awesome

I upate hula one time per week from the Subversion tree. You can find instructions on how to do this in linux at The Hula Blog.

Each time that I update my source code using subversion I get updated versions of the new web prototypes. I put them here so that you can see them.

They’re not going to work completely yet because of the fact that they’re just prototypes.

More Later,
Jon Howe

News / Ideas

I decided after reading all of chapter 2 and part of chapter 3 in my AJAX book that I need to learn Javascript better before I go further with AJAX, because It’s based on Javascript. Fortunately I have a really good Javascript book that I’m about 1/8’th of the way done with.

As for news…

I’m working on a ton of features daily on this site that I’m making (which I could still use some testers (Email me) for. One feature that’s been annoying me, as I’ve been trying to implement it is the functionality to have the site remember someone after they log out.

Last night before I went to bed I had had it with not being able to figure it out, so I brainstormed, and wrote out a two page instruction sheet for myself on how to do it.

If you already know PHP, and think that this is easy, you’re right, usually. The problem was, that I didn’t plan to have this functionality when I made the site, and it was hard to find a way to to fit it in once it was already made.

So, I’m going to go to school in 15 minutes, get home around 12:45, then start adding this functionality to this site. Afterwards I’m going to make another entry with examples on how to do it.

Jon Howe

New Idea

I just got a new book on Ajax, which is an exploding method of creating code using a combination of Javascript, CSS, DOM, and xhtmlrequest.

That’s a bunch of technical junk I guess. The main point is that it allows you to do really cool things on a webpage without refreshing the whole page.

I’m going to try to read a chapter in it each day, if not one day then every two days, and post comments and maybe code examples (if I feel creative) as well.

I think, actually, that doing some code examples up here each time would cement the ideas into my head. Sounds like a plan.

… Wait, I’m not sure that the content management system that I’m using for this website can handle javacript… I guess we’ll see!

I’ll try and post an example or two / mabye a summary here later tonight once I finish chapter 2. (chapter 1 was way too boring, so I skipped it)

Jon Howe