Doing lots of little stuff at The Virtual Bookcase. Updating pages to be a little more google-friendly, debugging some code to make stuff work again (seems php isn't too stable as a language, which made stuff fail in interesting ways). And keeping up with the book news. And finding out the stylesheet wasn't giving the wanted overviews in MSIE. Oops there.
idefix.net now lives on a new server, somewhat faster and more reliable. Time to update the picture on that page! I also moved stuff like The Virtual Bookcase and Camp Wireless. Only thing that gave me troubles right before moving was GNU mailman.
I guess it's the time for international book fairs.. after adding news about the International Book Fair of Havana to The Virtual Bookcase last week, this week the news is about the 17th World Book Fair in New Delhi.
I am reading Using Open Source Web Software with Windows. Yes, I am looking at it from a unix/linux perspective. It focuses mainly on setting up your own 'wamp' server (windows, apache, mysql, php). Having your own testing server that acts like your live webhost is a good idea.
More updates to The Virtual Bookcase, separating the amazon.com reviews from The Virtual Bookcase reviews, and adding a lot of amazon.com info in the process. Example: Reviews and details of 'Adventures of Riley: Mission to Madagascar' and Amazon.com info for 'Adventures of Riley: Mission to Madagascar'.
Just after my rant about parcel delivery I got a surprise as the first delivery of my amazon package (with tax to be payed) happened in the evening when I was at home. Now to find time to watch the BBS documentary.
Worked a bit on The Virtual Bookcase and added scripts to show items of book news such as the news on the latest Harry Potter book and site news. New stuff is done in html4 (you will see some artefacts of mixed html4 and html3.2 use because some building blocks are imported from other scripts) but slowly I am converting to html4 and thinking about improving the general design.
Updated an xml-rpc interface. This may sound completely buzzwordian to you, but it's just that amazon offers amazon webservices where xml-rpc calls are one possible way to query their database. The Virtual Bookcase uses this interface for detail information about books and searches.
Round of Apache web server upgrades, with included PHP upgrade. Somehow Apache on FreeBSD still doesn't like to build shared objects, so the Apache on idefix.net is statically linked again. Affected sites: The Virtual Bookcase, Camp Wireless, webcam.idefix.net, Fight Spam on the Internet!.
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Integrated amazon book reviews into The Virtual Bookcase. Some work parsing xml from Amazon Webservices, but a nice result.