philkmills: Phil and guitar (Default)
After a few more dead-end searches and evaluations, I discovered a simple, one-person issue-tracking application that looks like it would do everything I need. It was written by a developer for his own use -- this is a good sign! -- and then polished up to sell as a low-cost commercial product.

It doesn't run on the version of OS X that I'm using. Gah!
philkmills: Phil and guitar (Default)
The past couple of days have been mostly 'readonly' with respect to this project.

Using a new feature of Dreamwidth that allows a client program to obtain a reading list, similar to a LiveJournal friends list, revealed a bug in its implementation. I reported that to DW. It was fixed and I now have code to use it...and verify that their fix worked. (Amazing response time from the host developers!)

Probably as a protection mechanism, my mind temporarily lost track of the fact that I spent a half-day fruitlessly trying to install a bug-tracking system for personal use on my Macintosh. (I'm used to using them on Linux and the core Mac OS isn't *that* different, hard could it be?)

Bugzilla is written in Perl. Perl uses CPAN as an installation module. CPAN is wonderful when it works and impenetrable when it doesn't. It died with an "unknown error" on installing prerequisites. (If *you* don't know, I'm sure *I* don't!)

The Bug Genie -- a PHP application -- almost worked. After a number of upgrades to supporting software, I got it to connect to my database server (PostgreSQL), at which point it hung attempting to create tables. No error message...a form of communication that makes "unknown" seem exceptionally forthcoming.

MantisBT's install page -- also PHP -- came up blank with no clues concerning errors. (I detect a pattern!) Trying a different admin page gave an error, saying that my version of PHP was missing UTF-8 support in its regular expressions module. Nope...not rebuilding the language processor based on the whims of an unproven application!

Still looking for a bug-tracker.
philkmills: Phil and guitar (Default)
  • Completed the logic for moving between views on an iPhone/iPod. Any button or gesture that brings a new set of views onto the screen or dismisses the current one is now functional.

  • Identified views that don't need to exist on an iPad and coded around those in the controllers that are shared between devices. (Although I want this to work on smaller screens, working with them makes me happy that I originally waited until the iPad came out to get involved in iOS programming.)
philkmills: Phil and guitar (Default)
In order to give some context for my proposed development journal, I suppose I should start with a couple of existing items: some description of the project and its present status.

What I want to create is a client application that runs on iOS and provides access to host systems running LiveJournal code or code derived from it. Although clients exist, I don't know of any that focus on working offline with the ability to defer and 'batch' actions related to a journal. This gave rise to my completely unimaginative working title of "Offline-Journal" for the application. Another goal is to create this as (what Apple calls) a Universal application, meaning it will run on iPhone/iPod/iPad devices as a single build and single download.

The state of the application at the moment is that the iPhone/iPod version of the UI is about 80% done and the iPad one is somewhere around 50%. I've written code that acts as a proof of concept for most of the host features I want to access. There are a couple of those that still need to be verified, including RSS access...something I've never tried.

This morning's job was to create a storyboard1 as a way of verifying that the various screens and controls are connected in sensible ways. The result was that I realized I needed two more view controllers: one for previewing posts and another for selecting among draft messages for extra editing or to post. Those now exist in skeleton form. Barring scope creep, I now have the high-level view of the iPhone UI in place -- just add logic.

1A storyboard is Apple-speak for a new way of graphically designing user interfaces that focuses on views and transitions between them as one thing. It has the advantage over similar 3rd-party tools of producing a runnable application shell as its end product.


Dec. 30th, 2011 09:04 am
philkmills: Phil and guitar (Default)
Having created this account primarily for the purpose of software testing, I note that it would become more useful in that regard if it had content. :-)

While thinking about what I could put here, I got the idea that I might use it as...a journal! I think it would be an interesting -- to me! -- experiment to see if I could keep a log or diary of what I'm doing, primarily as it relates to software development. As I imagine the content and structure, I realize that it would be very low on entertainment value. (Possibly better on an 'educational' scale but even there, unlikely to be great.) I won't be cross-posting it.

For anyone who finds this boring beyond belief, feel free to drop me from your reading list! I understand completely. :-)

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