So I've started my new job at Kaval. It's a Python job, which is new and exciting, in that I've known Python for 5 years, but never got a chance to work with it full time. Also the management into exploring ideas extreme programming, agile development, etc. It's a pretty open environment, and despite now having an 1 & 1/2 hour commute (35 kilometres from home to work via bus->subway- >bus), the job rocks!
New ColdStore stuff: I wrote a rough demo of what an XML parser will look like. It uses expat's SAX parser to construct a list of Objects, which inherit from Objects created to match elements in the DTD. What's remaining, design wise, is to come up with a way of mapping the element containment stuff so we can do nice treewalking searches. I'm going to have to take a look at a lot of the XSLT, etc. stuff that's out there, too, to see what kind of transformation operations we're going to need.
Also new is a refactoring of the interpreter's Frame stuff. Split it up into Frames (contexts) and Closures (executable bit.) Makes a little more conceptual sense.
New coldstore things I've been working on:
Three new things: I'm unemployed -- I need a new job, contact me if you know of anything, I need a new roommate for August 1st (I'm in Toronto Canada, contact me if you're interested...), and now that I've got my computer set up underneath my brand new Ikea loft bed, I've been doing some serious coldstore hacking.
I've spent the last couple and a half weeks since the start of my new unemployment, working like a madman on the coldStore Python bridge. In summary:
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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