Older blog entries for brondsem (starting at number 6)

10 Feb 2003 (updated 11 Feb 2003 at 05:22 UTC) »
Went to the school library today and was surprised by the extent of Comp Sci books they have available. I wish I had a few days where I could just sit up there and read. I checked out 2 books by Knuth and a Java Swing book.

Native Qt for Windows
kde-cygwin.sf.net's port has been moving along quickly. I found out the hard way that qt can't be compiled with bison, but must us byacc as the yacc-replacement. I've only been following along via anonymous CVS and the mailing list, but I hope to help out in the future.

Classes are actually interesting: Cell Biology, Religion (Biblical Foundations), Software Engineering, Spanish Lit (not very interesting yet), Psychology (not sure about the interest-factor yet).

Haven't been able to access anything I need to which is okay I guess, since I don't have much to do

We hope to kick off CSX for 2nd semester soon. Game programming group will probably start this week. Fun, but time-consuming (and frustrating to get all the sprites aligned right...)

My Boolean Expression Editor for Java has been coming along nicely. Still have quite a bit to do, but I'm beginning to see how I'll be able to use it for the search interface for my Java app

halcy0n: I have been using POPFile (a bayesian spam filter) for a while and have been very happy with it. It was very easy to set up and configure.
Got back from my January-term class in Mexico. A lot of fun and I learned stuff, too. First real use of my digital camera (Powershot A40) and I got a lot of good pictures and videos. Now to figure out what server/host I should use to install Gallery and post my pictures.

Native Qt for Windows
I got an email from a maintainer of kde-cygwin.sf.net about a port of Qt to native use native windows instead of cygwin's single-window X server. This is very similar to my project. I haven't done much on my project yet, so when I do have time to work on it, I'll probably work with kde-cygwin instead of doing my own port.

Still working on a Java application for fun for searching our school's student data.

2nd semester begins tomorrow and I have a busy schedule so most of my programming time will be for class or work. So sad..

Just got Java to do a HTTP POST over SSL and maintain cookies. Gotta love code reuse. Just imagine having to write ALL the code to do that from scratch. It'd take months to do, instead of just an hour.

Happy New Year!

30 Dec 2002 (updated 30 Dec 2002 at 18:49 UTC) »

I am developing a Java application to search our school's user database. The existing web search only searches by name, so this application will "harvest" all the data from the web search results into a database for the application.

Uses Sshtools' j2ssh API to retrieve an /etc/passwd file so it has a list of usernames.

Uses hsqldb as the JDBC driver to store all the data in regular files. (No database setup for the user required).

Been learning php in a very sporadic manner. I know what I want to do and I know plenty of similar languages, so I've just been doing lots of googling (and asking friends) to find out the right syntax, etc. It's fun stuff. Seems pretty good, but it'll take a while to make the code look nice.

Tried to set up slackware and then debian on an old 120mhz machine, but I think the hard drive has too many bad sectors. Oh well.

Been using the digital camera a lot lately. I really like it.

Found several sourceforge & freshmeat projects for bookmark merging and/or synchronization. Hopefully one will do everything I want (IE, mozilla, phoenix bookmark merging and synchronization).

Just set up my advogato.org account. Seems pretty cool.

I'm looking forward to finishing up this semester's exams because that means I can fix work on my website, create a Java people-search program for Calvin students, relax, celebrate Christmas and then go to Mexico for January.

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