Wednesday – Friday

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Don’t ask. It’s all a blur that involves getting PandaScript 0.3 RC1 ready, and then beating my head against a series of bugs in PandaLex 0.3 development… People needn’t be concerned about Panda 0.4 ever being released though, it is definitely being worked on…

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Saturday

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Nearly the end of the year. Slept until Noon (which is very rare for me), went into the centre of town (which is rare for me), and then came home. Checked my email, and decided it was time to upgrade to Pine 4.31…

Whoever organises the compiles for Pine needs their head read. God if it isn’t a mess… I couldn’t get it to work. Posted a message to the slug mailing list asking for advice.

It is 9pm, and I think I have goofed off enough for today… Coding time!

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Monday (Christmas Day)

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Cleaned up the house and had a Christmas lunch for the in laws. Then had my family come over for an afternoon tea. After that had some brothers and a girlfriend come along and watch South Park and look at wedding photos. Despite all of this, I still managed to get PandaLex parsing all non-linearised documents (I think)…

Anyway, back to my coding…

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Tuesday (Boxing Day)

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I have discovered the most boring thing in the world. I am in the process of documenting PandaScript ready for release into the big bad Internet. This so far has involved installing docbook-to-man, and then trying to work out how to write a SGML document to actually run through docbook-to-man. I have that worked out now, so it is just a case of writing the documentation…

I can understand why programs don’t tend to be well documented, because it is hellishly boring to do.

*** time passed ***

I have nearly finished the documentation for PandaScript. This means it will probably be ready for an initial release (at version 0.3!) in the next few days. After this I will aim for PandaLex 0.1 Release coming out sometime in the week after that. This will allow me to have another Panda release out by the end of the month (January that it). I am hoping for it to be a little sooner than that though.

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PandaScript 0.3 RC1 Released

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Well, I finally have something to show for my efforts. This version is by no means perfect, but I believe that it is better than nothing… This version will allow you to create documents with textboxes, imageboxes and imageboxes which are rotated. It supports TIFF and JPEG images that are supported by Panda.

Why don’t you download it and have a look? The man page is also online, to make it easier for you to see what is available…

If no major problems are found in the next week, then this version will be released as a stable version.

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Friday

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Went to work today and didn’t get much done. I have been debugging the installer for my Windows NT Service, and it is a case of tweaking, building an installer, installing inside a virtual machine, rebooting, and checking. Over and over again. Argh! We all got an early mark from work today, which was nice.

My afternoon was ruined by the incompetence of Telstra ADSL though. After two weeks of telling me that my application was under way and that I would have a connection by Christmas, they have now decided that ‘available’ means ‘will one day be available’, and that as soon as they have the relevant equipment in my local exchange, then I can have ADSL. This is meant to be February 2001. I am thinking of ringing the telecommunications industry ombudsman…

Had a look at PandaScript. I think all I need to do now is make up some documentation, and setup the standard distribution files… There is also the minor issue of multiline strings.

I also had a look at PandaLex, but I am still having some grief getting the lexer just right… This is holding up the development of Panda, so I am going to have to put some more time into it real soon now.

Had a really sore back and went to bed early after having some funky pain killers…

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Saturday

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Got up. Went Christmas shopping (I’ve bought all the presents now, it was just a case of making sure). Went home. Mowed the lawn. Started making pelments 1.0 for the lounge room. These are a strip of wood that goes across the top of the window which the curtain rail afixes to. When winter comes along and I care about keeping heat in, then pelmet 2.0 will be made, which will have a box over the top of the curtain, having been joined to pelment 1.0.

Setup my Sparc 10 in the machine room. I finished the cabiling of the house a few days ago, so it was just an case of getting the machines ready for the brave new world. I worked out why I had been having troubles getting RedHat 6.2 to install this time around — it was because last timw I had used 6.1… I rolled back to 6.1 the other day in my install attempts, and it now just works. I did compile up a newer kernel myself though.

I think I will now spend some more time trying to sort out the PandaLex lexer.

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