Wow, time seems to just disappear, and suddenly I've not
written in a week. Much has been going on.
So, I had this brainstorm about a timezone server--- a web
service, probably XML-RPC, that I can ask questions like, "I
think it's noon. What timezone am I most likely in?" or
"When's my next Daylight Savings Time shift?".
Reefknot could use that.
We've all been running scared from timezones--- they're Hard
to deal with in a sane way. For one thing, every platform
that Perl runs on handles timezones differently--- a web
service would reduce some of that complexity. This idea
looks interesting enough that I want to make it work
though--- as well as figuring out in my own mind whether web
services are really useful or just The Next Big Buzzword.
So, I poked around with Damon Chaplin's Olsen->VTIMEZONE
conversions, which give useful data for accomplishing
the functions I want. That means I'll end up writing
Timezone.pm, which we've (also) all been throwing up our
hands and running away from.
post from Miguel about why not to run away from scary
technical problems. That provided me with some energy. Now
all I have to do is focus it.
In fact, focusing the energy into a release right now would
be Really Good. All I have to do is find some time.
So, I seem to be cat-herding volunteers for the idea of a YAPC in Boston next year. I've
been meeting interesting people and talking to them about
finding space at a college in Boston where geeks can have a
conference. If you want to help, mail me. (Or even if
you just know someone in Boston who could help us find
Rearranged our home office/server room/rackspace this
weekend. That's a large task, especially the first time.
Hence, not enough time for Reefknot. Such is life. Oh, and
I've been biking, which is making me happy.