||May 24, 2002 at 04:45 UTC
||Oct 30, 2002 at 18:16 UTC
(11 years ago)
|Location:||OKC, OK, US|
May 24, 2013 at 17:59 CDT
Who is this Rat?
I've worked and played as a programmer for pretty much as long as I can remember, dating back to Logo and BASIC on the first TI 99/4A Dad brought home. Until about a year ago, I worked for a company building a potentially powerful content-management/e-commerce system, until the bottom dropped out of the economy and the bosses, may they spend eternity in the Hell of Being Cut to Pieces1, decided laying me off might solve the company's problems.2 Now I work on a contract with the state where the paychecks don't bounce but the technology is primitive (Win95, MS-only environment) and I don't get to use Perl professionally. Thus I was overjoyed to find a place where I could continue to play in Perl as an avocation while I dream of programming as a vocation someday.
1I love BTLC
2The important thing is I'm not bitter ;)
Links to Remember
Since my homenode was growing rather large, I decided
to move most of the links here.
- Resurrecting My AuthorWeb
- As introduced in this node I am doing a from-scratch rewrite
of an old website in perl using CGI::Application, DBI,
XML::LibXML, and XML::LibXSLT. The basic idea is to have a
dynamic website of author and book information based on a MySQL back-end database.
Thus far, it is exceeding my wildest expectations, and I've only barely begun to
- Online Real Estate Appraisal Testing
- This is still in the research stages. I'm looking into building a web
application for a family member which will allow his real estate appraisal
students to take tests over the web.
- Genealogy Site
- Also still in the research stages. After a recent family reunion, many people
expressed interest in having a family genealogy site set up. As the professional
web developer in the family, I've been tapped as the rodent to talk to. ;)
- Bookmark Manager
- Yes, I know, I'm probably reinventing the wheel here. But none of the wheels
I've found so far are quite the right shape for me. And it's been an excellent
learning experience in writing CGI applications.
- Resume Format Modules
- I'm working on a set of modules to convert an XML resume to a variety of file
formats, such as (X)HTML, Text, PDF, etc. It's going rather well, and I plan to
add RTF to the list soon. Once I've got something a little cleaner and more
complete, I'll be putting it out there somewhere for review. So far, the code
seems to work for XML, (X)HTML, Text, and PDF outputs, but the PDF version has
too much formatting hard-coded into the module. I'll be moving to a template-driven
system for that before too long.
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