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Projects projects projects... What have I been up to lately?

In the FBMuck code, I've been very inactive for the last month or so. I have a project to rewrite my C based MCP code to C++ so that it could be converted into a COM object. Unfortunately that has stalled, as I've managed to intimidate myself a bit with learning how to write COM objects. I really need to restart this and just pass the pure C++-ized version off to my co-conspirator, and let him make it into COM objects, but I fear that this is still going to be a major rework, with how the code needs to call itself. Well, at least he has experience with writing COM code.

In Trebuchet, I managed to fix a few bugs and incorporate some third-party patches into the code. (Yay!)

Most of my work the last few weeks has been in learning Cascading Style Sheets, and re-implementing The Belfry Comics Pages to use them. This has had the nice side effect of reducing my bandwidth usage, and has perhaps improved the usability of the site as well. I've continued working on the comics pages, and am trying to improve it's general layout as well. I have the development test version up here, for those brave enough to beta-test it.

I'm honestly rather glad that I've been working on the comics pages again, as it breaks the general code burnout I was suffering from for a couple months there. I think maybe I just need to stop thinking about how big my projects are, and just DO the small bits. When I think of the bigger picture, I tend to get utterly overwhelmed and burn out.


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May. 21st, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC)
The comics page looks/works good on Camino on OSX, if that's any help!

And bookmarked, too. Wonder if I can read them ALL! Heh.
May. 21st, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Well, it should, given that I developed it while using Safari and Camino. :)
I did my IE testing using MSIE under VirtualPC. It looks better under Safari. :P
May. 21st, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
Heh -- I could only assume you have access to just bout every browser out there, otherwise I would offer (still would if you want me to) to pop across the room and check it out on a few PC browsers (on that wretched Win98 machine).
May. 21st, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC)
Excellent song choice! It's what I've been listening to as well...

May. 21st, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC)
*snicker* No coincidence. I had it stuck in my head after reading your LJ entry. :)
May. 22nd, 2003 06:34 am (UTC)
Tried the 'Most read' view in IE 6.0. Where multiple comics are tied in subscriber count, it's flowing the first two into the same line.

Also tried it under Netscape 4.0, and it looks horrendous, but then I've heard that release of Netscape has lousy CSS support (it looks much better on my other computer, which has Netscape 6.0).

Not sure about the green 'N' for new comics. Could be confused with the red 'N' for nudity, and new comics should have something that jumps out of the screen at you more. Oh, and please don't drop the subscriber counts from the 'Most Read' view.

The information view for an individual comic looks nice.
May. 22nd, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
Ugh. That'll teach me for hoping that since it words in MSIE for Mac, it'll work in MSIE for Windows. Bad bat! Bad bad! Anyhow, it should now work, even if it may produce slightly imperfect HTML.

I've reverted the Faves and New markers back to a more verbose form that should be clearer.

I'm officially not caring if it looks ugly on Netscape 4, because that browser is so ancient. The page should still be usable under it, though, even if ugly.

As for the subscriber counts... Those looked really visually confusing in the "most read" list. That information is still available by clicking on the [i] info icon, though, if you really want it. I might be talked into putting them back in the list, but they were ugly they required tables to align, which caused various problems with my columnizing code.
May. 24th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
Sorry it took me so long to respond. The problem is now fixed - each comic appears on its own line. And the view under Netscape 4 is really ugly (I have to scroll right to see anything) but technically usable.

Subscriber counts - tough one. Tables, multiple columns... I can easily sympathize with the difficulties of making it look good. Still, I'll miss being able to get the big picture on numbers of subscribers in one view.
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