28 Oct 2001 apm   » (Journeyer)

It seems like I'm spending more and more time doing "support" for Suneido. On the positive side, that means people are actually trying to use it. However, it also means I don't get as much done. A lot of the questions (but not all) would be answered by better documentation. I should be able to use some of my responses as a starting point for some documentation. I'm afraid I can't really get excited about writing documentation. I know it's worthwhile, and if I want Suneido to be successful, it's going to have to be done. But ... I'd rather be programming. I can't even really fantasize about someone else doing it for me, since there aren't many people who know it well enough (yet).

Did get a little bit done today on int64 support for the dll interface. It's still not perfect because Suneido numbers don't cover the full range that int64 does. At some point I should probably extend the range of Suneido numbers. Currently they use 4 "digits" where each digit is 4 decimal digits (0 - 9999), for a total of 16 decimal digits. To cover the full range of int64's I'd have to add one more "digit" to handle 20 decimal digits. Shouldn't be too hard, but unfortunately, some of the code assumes 4 "digits". And, obviously, I don't want to break something as basic as numbers. I do have pretty extensive automated unit tests though, so hopefully they'll catch most problems. It's not a big priority, but one of our users is trying to implement an interface to MySql and it uses 64 bit integers. He also wants float and double support in the dll interface. Shouldn't be too hard to add.

The big things I want to get done for the next release are the version control and the unit testing framework. Both are more or less written and we've been using them in- house for quite a while. But they need some cleaning up, polishing, completing AND documenting. There's that damn documentation again!

Time to bike home. Not even 6pm and it's already getting dark. That's the problem with living so far north. Of course, the long days in the summer are nice. At least it was warm today - the snow we got last week is mostly gone.

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