Thursday, February 23, 2006

Passed Away

My grandfather passed away over the weekend. I did not realize how there can be so much tradition in burial. I use to hate the traffic caused by a funeral march but today I got to experience one myself first hand.

His wake was at the Arlington Memorial Chapel. He was 88.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Experience Upgrading an Old Site with SVK

Ok, I spent the better half of the day with SVK and a custom OpenACS site stuck in OpenACS version 5.0. My task for today and for the week, hopefully not the entire week, is to upgrade the site to 5.2.2.

I have yet to determine whether this works. I'll know when I finally upgrade the database but things look pretty good.

Here's how I went about it with SVK:

  1. I downloaded a copy of cvsroot to my dev machine. This is a precaution, I don't want to mess with the main repository.

  2. Use svk to create a mirror of the cvs repository you just downloaded

  3. You should end up with an svk repository of everything from cvs

  4. Detach the mirror

  5. Identify the vendor branch

  6. Get a CVS export from OpenACS 5.2.2 stable

  7. Import the cvs export to the vendor branch

  8. Perform an smerge between the vendor branch and the project branch

Ajax on OpenACS

I put together an Ajax Helper package that uses prototype and the scriptaculous javascript libraries to produce cinematic effects with some ajax.

After taking a look at Yahoo UI, I'm re-evaluating whether YUI would be a better choice. Anyway, there's a demo of the uses of Ajax Helper in the URL below.

Login using ....
email :
pass : demo


UPDATE : the demo is gone now, in it's place is a much more elaborate demo at

Yahoo! UI Library

A colleague pointed me to this. It's yet another ajax javascript library. Is it any good ?


Monday, February 13, 2006

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

Is it just me or are people commenting less on articles being posted on slashdot.

I could not remember a time when I could browse and read right thru all the comments for a single article like I can right now. It's always been chok full of comments even if it is the first post.Is this the digg effect ? Can digg lay claim to the title "slashdot killer" ?