31 Aug 2003 mrcsparker   » (Journeyer)


First week back at school after 5 years and I have a ton of homework. One of my professors starts writing problems on the board while teaching the class, I guess to ensure that we actually stay through the class. Bah. I understand all of the stuff but I am pretty lazy and all of the problems take pages of work each to complete.

I do not regret it, though. I am going to get my masters.

Portal Project

I also have a pretty cool portal project I am set to release in a week. My boss took a look at it and he loves it. The nice thing is that it is going to be tested by 50,000+ people before I release any of the code to the public. And, all of the users have to use it every day, so the feedback should help the project considerably. It is written in PHP, but there are helper utilities written in C. They are not required, but make the site run faster, index documents on the site faster, etc. All of the utilities have PHP counterparts also.

Other Work Stuff

Going to be writing some Oracle tools in C++. Good, because one of my professors insists that all of our projects are in C++ so it will be good practice. Oracle on HP-UX seems to be pretty well documented and I have tested some small apps. I am dying to have to write a bug gtk project on HP-UX for work, but all of the current utilities are either motif or run from the console.

I am still the Unix administrator which is kind of scary and I have a feeling that they are not in too much of a rush to bring in someone new. Really, Unix adminstration is not a hard job, but - as large of a company it is - they need a full-time guy and not a developer.

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