Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Tue Jul 29 09:31:08 2003
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I stayed up way too late last night tinkering with making a RSS 1.0 feed for my blog. My only tool was an online validator -- I haven't yet seen a tool that I like that does what I want. Here's what I'd love to see... a program, written in Perl, using the Tk toolkit, that takes a list of URLs in its configfile, grabs the feed when it starts up, and parses it nicely for display in a window. Maybe it might embed some HTML engine to parse the HTML part of the message. Hmm.. but at least Freshmeat knows nothing of such a tool. Maybe I need to hunt around a bit more. Anyhow, it now passes the validator, so I guess it probably works. I'm going to ask some of the folk that have been asking me about it to test it before I publish the URL. I guess I'll start thinking about logins and comments next.

I've been thinking -- there's enough duplicated code in the various CGIs that I should try to implement more of the application as stored procedures. Postgres supports stored procedures written in Perl, and it sucks to be copying procedures between so many scripts. Alternatively, I should rewrite the scripts to use OO Perl modules.

Oh, yes, if any of you want to start using my blog software, can install cgis, and have a postgres account, I'd be happy to help you get it installed and running at this point.

I recently found that an ISP that I've been using for ages, APKNet, was bought up. Worse, the new owner has one of those faddish dot-com names -- e-xpedient. Gah. I hope they don't change my email address -- that's the only reason I've kept the APKNet account since high school. Well, that and it's occasionally useful to have a spare ssh-accessible shell running solaris.