10/29/2005

Burning the midnight oil

Seems like when I post in my blog most often is when I'm up late and there is no poor sap online to whom I can bare my soul. Lucky for them! I've been busy as can be ...

Working on:

Something I'm calling Stupidly Easy MVC framework for PHP. Its the barest of frameworks. I had a fleeting though, OH FINALLY I might have something worthwhile to start a sourceforge.net account.. then I thought.. nahhh.. nobody wants this. But I am going to write up an article about it for CodeSnipers none the less. Perhaps it might help a few people.

Made a new friend this week from the PHP User Group in Chicago. He has an interesting site at MalaProp.org. I met him very breifly at a PHP group lunch, but didn't get to chat till the last meeting. We talked about the book PeopleWare. Interesting. I correctly guessed after the meeting that he was not a regular coffee drinker...... he asked Why? I said you didn't have that crazed caffiene look in your eye.. which I know quite well. Heheh. Gotta have my coffee.

Speaking of coffee... a few weeks ago for sunday school at church, they made decaf by accident. I was unware of this until noon. But I was wondering why I felt so weird and someone came up to me and said I didn't look so good..and I was all irritated with Nick for no real reason. Guess they'd beter let me have my coffee dang it! :)

Been working a side job updating a OS project.. previous person did half the work, leaving me to figure out what was going. Fun fun.

Peter got me interested in Python. I thought, Peter seems like a smart guy, I should check this out. He uses it at his company, so that also made me curious. I already had Python installed on my computer and had bought a $2 O'Reilly Python book -- BARGAIN! I bought it because I heard Ruby was sort of like Python so I thought, heck 2 bucks! I didn't really expect I would learn it, although I have some obsessive complusion to learn every language possible.

This site is my friend: PLEAC ... This is a really neat idea. Simple standard recipies in all sorts of languages. They are missing in some areas, maybe you'd like to fill in the holes?

So far in Python I've learned this:

You can add documention to your code, the first line in your function you have a string
""" this is the docs for the code """

And then you can look up the docs for any function by going functionName.__doc__ ... cool huh? Similar in concept to javadoc, but you don't need to run another app to look at it, you can just bam look it up. I don't know if it has as many features as Javadoc-like systems or not.

Blocks are indented. I've heard people moan and groan about this. But today I was thinking (yes, a rare moment) .. well if its a REQUIRED thing, then it gets done? I bet all phython code is very readable because they are all intented. From what I could tell, it didn't matter if it was 1 space, 2 or a tab. Just so long as there was a space. Interesting.

Anyways, thats what I've been up to :)

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