2 Jun 2000 peat   » (Journeyer)

    ADMiSSeS is mostly recovered now. Woo!

    After having made what in retrospect, turned out to be some pretty silly decisions when reintroducing link data, i managed to miss two fields in my primary data tables. These are fixed now, and IU've learned a fair bit about the way postgres handles date types. In particular, I got thrown when the elephant[1] figured out that some of the data was taken during eastern DAYLIGHT time, and not eastern STANDARD time. heh. mumble mumble 3 am mumble. Oh well, at least the 900 lines of SQL ran without breaking. I really hope to finish the data work up tomorrow.

    Had a neat conversation tonight with Jody and miguel about future directions of gnumeric. There had apparently been discussion about separating the front end (interface) from the back end logic (core functionality) at some point in the future. This would be great for a few reasons...

  1. it would expose core logic behind gnumeric to other code, allowing it to be extended in all kinds of sundry ways. So long as the strict separation of data from code is maintained (unlike much VBA code), it should keep the avenues of exploitation reduced. I have a list of things I want to implement once this is available (most of the SGPL and PLT code, for starters), so I look forward to future developments
  2. Permit a the development of a text-based front end to gnumeric. I can think of a few reasons why a text mode interface would be useful for a spreadsheet - broader possible use (esp. on more mature hardware), for one. The longer I'm in this field , though, the more people I meet who are using specialized peripnerals like eyetrackers, speech synthesizers and especially braille displays. Adding speech synth support to an app is a great idea, save that as an interface it is rather clunky when dealing with complex data (try running festival on math notation, f'rinstnace :). In many cases, braille displays are more useful for intricate work
  3. That said, some functionality exposed via the gui would likely be lost at least initially to text mode users. However, given (1) above, some functions otherwise primarily presented via the gui can be presented via "scripting" (probably the wrong term to use here, but. it's 3 am, and I'm tired. so there. :)

gnumeric already rocks. I can hardly wait to see how it develops from here.

What else... Not much. Too tired to write much more, and hopefully what's already typed is somewhat intelligible. 03:15 hours, waaaay past my bed time.

[1] The elephant being the mascot for postgres, of course

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