July 3, 2010
This afternoon, I received a call from an online vendor whose web site we recently used,
attempting to make a purchase.
He said that our recent order used a flag indicating that a 10% discount code was enabled,
but we had no such discount authorized.
I expected him to suggest an adjustment and/or ask exactly what we did,
so that he could try to reproduce the problem.
April 27, 2010
Although I've played with SketchUp
from time to time over the past few years,
my first real introduction occurred in the Fall of 2009.
a well-known name in SketchUp modeling and training,
brought me in to maintain some of their tools and create some others.
Clearly, I had some homework to do.
February 10, 2010
I tend to use a fairly minimal subset
of YAML for configuration files.
YAML supports my favorite data structures (lists and hashes) and is easy to read and edit
(particularly if one ignores its syntax for declaring data types and such).
However, in a recent project,
I found myself using CSV
(comma-separated value) files, instead.
November 9, 2009
My recent post,
Using Cucumber with SketchUp
discussed one possible way to combine
with other packages.
However, there are lots of other possible mash-ups.
This entry discusses some of these;
other suggestions are welcome...
November 1, 2009
is a Ruby
(technically, a domain-specific language
that helps programmers and their clients define and agree on tests of program behavior.
These tests can be used to guide development, enforce acceptance criteria, and detect regressions.
Although it is popular in the larger Ruby community,
Cucumber has not been used (as far as I can tell) to develop Ruby-based extensions
for Google SketchUp.
This seems like an unfortunate situation;
perhaps it's time to see what can be done about it...
October 20, 2009
The data models for
Resource Description Framework
Web Ontology Language
can be a bit difficult to understand, even at the simplest level.
Here are some visualizations (and explanations) I've found useful:
I'd be delighted to hear about other ways of thinking about this.
All comments and/or corrections are welcome...
October 19, 2009
I recently organized an
San Francisco Semantic Web Meetup
It was held at PariSoMa
a co-working venue in SoMa (South of Market Street in San Francisco).
Given that this was my first attempt at pulling together this sort of "hands on" meeting for the group,
I think it went pretty well.
I had several reasons for organizing the meeting,
but the primary one was to bring together a group of SemWeb enthusiasts
who want to learn about the technology, try things out, discuss alternatives, etc.
I love hearing about successful Semantic Web projects,
but I also want to "get my hands dirty" using the tools.