I spent some time last night working on Javagato, my
Java front end to Advogato, using the XML-RPC interface.
Come to find out, like
cmacd I found that I had fogotten my password, as I
wasn't really in a password remembering "mode" when I
created the account. I found this out while I was going to
test the UI login screen, but I was very happy that I had my
own UI to the XML-RPC interface, because I could keep easily
changing the password, and hitting the OK button, rather
than having to click on back, modify it in the html field
and submit, etc. So I find the first undocumented feature
of Javagato is to figure out what your password is a bit
faster than through the Web UI.
These password issues finally led me to do some looking
into some password "tracker" utilities out there, and my
biggest problem with all of them is, I don't trust them, so
I may put together an nice Java password tracker after I am
done with Javagato, and I already have an encrypted storage
mechanism written for Symbiosis, which I can easily re-use.
Because of the painful XML-RPC interface I have decided
to make Javagato extremely cache oriented, with some options
on diary retrieval depth. As some folks post daily (like
myself, thus far), I don't want to pull down all 200 posts
if the user is only interested in the last 10, so this value
will be either a) configurable through a preference b)
configurable at run-time or c) both, and I am leaning towards c.
It is a fun little project to throw together, and I hope
someone here finds it useful, and it is refreshing to get my
mind off of not only work, but also Symbiosis for a while to
fiddle with some new ideas, but I am starting to see
Symbiosis more as an ideal than a piece of software, and as
such, no matter how much work I do on it, I don't think I
will ever be "finished with it". It reminds me a lot of
Xanadu in that way.
To finish up, let me thank tk for being
the first one to give me a rating, and I agree that at this
point, from an Open Source standpoint, Apprentice is about
right. I hope after I retire from "real work", that I can
spend more time on Open Source software development, and
perhaps be a Master before I die (and possibly even finish
Symbiosis!), but for now I am stuck to
only working on it at night and on weekends.