Posts Tagged ‘web development

Octave from the web

Posted in Technicalon May 18, 2007

For one of my classes, I’ve been playing around with GNU Octave. Octave is a free and open source program very similar to Matlab. From the Octave web site:

GNU Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab. It may also be used as a batch-oriented language.

Sometimes, I’m away from one of my own computers, but I still want to do a little bit of Octave work. I’ve written just a tad bit of PHP code that allows me to access Octave over the web. You can type in your Octave code, and it will return the output results and output graph.

Because I would rather not hammer my server with octave requests, I won’t be showing a demo, but I’m making all the source code available, and you can put it on your own server and try it yourself. I’m hosting the project at Google Code:

Harvest the code

Posted in Technicalon May 16, 2007

I thought I would throw a few marbles around about my current personal coding project. It is an object oriented content management system written in PHP. In one of my other jobs, I’ve written something very similar, which means there is a good working proof of concept.

A lot of the ideas for features have come through my experiences with Plone, a content management system written on top of Zope in Python. Plone is an excellent CMS, but it is a little complicated, and my CMS should be quite a bit easier to hack on.

I’m calling my project Harvest or Harvest CMS, I haven’t decided which one yet. It goes along with my domain, which I use for various project hosting.

As the project gets underway, I’ll post a link to the project page or project blog or whatever else comes along.

What is it? It’s a whatsit

Posted in Technicalon May 3, 2007

For one of my web developer projects, I’ve tasked myself with building a homepage similar to Google’s Personalized Home Page, now called iGoogle.  I thought it would be great to provide various modules on the page, and that I could provide a custom set of modules based on audience.

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Is the logout button obsolete?

Posted in Technicalon Nov 22, 2006

I must be a nerd because web site security worries keeps me awake at night. Tonight I was worried about particular web site designs that might discourage users from logging out and I was curious about how many users were actually logging out.
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Yesterday I launched my first open source project. It is actually a really small project, and will probably stay permanently in I-mode development. I published it under the LGPL license, because the code base I started with used that license.

The project is just a simple little plugin for WordPress which displayed related links for religious subject matters.

Update: Unfortunately, the backend which drived this plugin is gone, so this project has been discontinued.

New home page

Posted in Bloggingon Nov 7, 2006

The last couple of days I spent just a little bit of time throwing together a new homepage. I’m not really sure what the idea behind it is, I just thought that I should have something, especially with having three different blogs to keep track of.

So the home page is basically a personalized aggregator of blogs and comments I write or read. It was coded in PHP and makes use of the MagpieRSS parser. The HTML code for the page is also very simple, making good use of some CSS features for a quick layout.

The page is likely to evolve over time.

BYU releases new web site look

Posted in Technicalon Nov 1, 2006

Today, BYU released a preview of their new look for the home page and Route Y. This new look is code-named Collage and will eventually be used universally across BYU.
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