Tuesday, June 29, 2004

An application for Scheme and Java

I've been planning to do some Web Automation in Scheme. I thought this particular task really lent itself to the use of SXML, so I've been checking out Scheme environments.

I spent some time checking out PLT and I do think there's a lot there.

What I'm kind of excited about today is the prospect of using SISC. I really want to do something with Java, because I want to be able to say that I have and I need a project. For Web Automation, I should be able to pull in The Jakarta HTTP client, which looks excellent.

One thing I was judging Scheme environments on were the quality and maturity of their HTTP client API. I didn't find anything too exciting out there after being spoiled by LWP in the Perl world. I think the Jakarta HTTP library will be darn close to LWP and SXML will be a natural for what I'm planning on doing.

I'll keep you posted

Saturday, June 26, 2004

The Remembrance Agent

The Remembrance Agent, remem, sounds really interesting.

I think the only way I'm ever going to get into Emacs is to immerse myself in it, use it for my shell, ftp client, news and mail reader (although I'll still need Outlook at work, but maybe I can copy all my email in plaintext to a repository which remem could access). Remem might convince me to do just this, as it's real power would be to bring all those things together.

One significant challenge is that this will be under Windows, running cygwin. I carry a Windows XP system, it only makes since that I'd try to make it work there.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

My new blog

I've been poking at a bloxsom blog for awhile, but I'm giving up and doing the Blogger thing instead. Bloxsom isn't much work, but I kept messing with the CSS and other things. With Blogger, I have fewer options, which might get me focused on what's important.

Also, maybe a Blogger account will increase my chances of a coveted Gmail invite.

Really though, from what I can see, Blogger has 95% of what I want in a blog, with a lot less work. I don't want my blog to be so much work.