Theo Todman's Web Page - Notes Pages
Status: Web-Tools (2019 - March)
(Text as at 05/04/2019 10:36:29)
(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)
Rationale for this Project
- This Project was alluded to briefly in a footnote on research methodology in my original Research Proposal1 under the head Research - Internet Technology2. When last at Birkbeck, I wrote a more extensive paper3 defending the Project and describing its rationale. Now that my PhD is in suspense, I have decided to take this Project further. There’s a lot to do: still quite a few items on the “wish list”. It is fairly critical as an enabler for my research, so I need to get a move on as I want it all out of the way before I re-start4 formal research.
- For documentation on my website (currently password protected) follow the links below:-
- Functional5 Documentation6.
- Technical7 Documentation.
- Other Websites8
- Sometime around 2005, I created a website for Dr. Sophie Botros (Sophie Botros: Live Site), one of my supervisors at Birkbeck, but we then lost touch and it got maintained (very badly) by some desktop support outfit. In 15Q2 I took it back on again and spruced it up a bit, and maintain it periodically, though it still requires more work.
- I created and / or ran a multitude of bridge websites, but as of January 2018 I have either handed them over or mothballed them9:-
- I established the Hutton Bridge Club Website in 11Q4 using the standard Bridgewebs service, but with a couple of competitions using my own routines. This was handed over in 15Q3.
- In 15Q1, I took over the support and development of the Essex Contract Bridge Association (ECBA) website, which also uses Bridgewebs, but is very much larger. I wrote a lot of code10 to make this job less tedious. The site was handed over in 17Q4.
- For several years, I collected data11 on bridge activity in the Billericay / Brentwood area (initially needed for a project to set up a new consolidated club) – by “scraping” data off web pages, consolidating it into a database and modelling it in various ways.
- I used this data to generate websites with a multitude of ladders for small clubs (Essex Bridge Results). These are now mothballed.
- I created and maintained a new website for the First Class Bridge Academy, giving it “small clubs” ladders as these were easy to maintain with little intervention.
- In 16Q3 I revived the Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive website.
- I’ve created and continue to maintain a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble.
- I created a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. It exists in two versions: Acts: Live Site and Acts: Test Site.
- I did consider returning to work part-time as an MS Access/Excel developer, with a spin-off into website generation, but have done nothing about it so far.
Summary of Progress during January - March 2019
Website (Total Hours = 179)
- I spent 179 hours in 19Q1 on this Project, or related work (258.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 234.3% of the planned effort (111% YTD). Overall, 28.7% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 21.2% YTD) - as against 11.1% planned (16.7% YTD).
- Again, I made no progress at all on the courses put out by Harvard
→ "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science", and
I still intend to make a serious attempt to complete the former sometime (I will need to re-start). However, I have decided to precede it with the latter which is more immediately relevant. Unfortunately, I’ve no time available to pursue either course at the moment.
- I’d greatly reduced my “budget” to only 6 hours a week, but more than doubled this.
- The main reason for this was the urgent need to create Timeline software and populate the pages with photos of the developments and repairs to Coxes Farm12.
- I also created a “Hits Page” – based on the statistic provided by Webalizer. This requires analysis, to determine whether my site is a benefit to, or a blight on, the philosophical community.
- Completed items included:-
- Removed Blackberry processing and associated pages as no longer needed with fast broadband.
- Timeline software: Added photos of Coxes Farm
- Created Timeline software
- Created Photo-logging usage via Images table.
- Investigated the Hit Stats provided by Webalizer and produced web-pages to show the most active pages.
- Full details for 19Q1 are given below:-
- Website - Bridge Development
- Website - Development (Total Hours = 160.25)
- Reference_Author: Re-format 'Not found' Author Links (0.25 hours)
- Add 'Chess' as a main menu-item to Website (0.5 hours)
- Create Timeline software (49 hours)
- Remove Blackberry Pages & Processing (1 hour)
- Review Webalizer Methodology & Consolidate Stats (13 hours)
- Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings: Add / annotate photos of Coxes Farm to Timeline (79.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - Document Referencing functions (plus sundry referencing fixes) (4 hours)
- Website - Generator - Document Timeline functions (4 hours)
- Website - Generator - Image Link Recording (Images) (4 hours)
- Website - Generator - Password Protection - Review (0.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - Refine totals in Functor_08 (2 hours)
- Website - Generator - Run and Refine File Pruning process (0.5 hours)
- Website - Investigating https / ssl (0.75 hours)
- Website - Periodic Full Regeneration - Add debug-print of stage timestamps (1 hour)
- Website - Update 'Photos' Page to link to Coxes Farm Photo Pages (0.75 hours)
→ See "Software Development - Website - Development" (17.25 hours)
- Website - Education (Total Hours = 1.25)
- Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 6)
- Install Kaspersky on own & Julie's laptops (1 hour)
- Investigation: PCRisk - Your Account Was Hacked Email Scam (0.25 hours)
- Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (3 hours)
- Nat's monitor - order, chase, complain! (0.5 hours)
- PC Backups / OneDrive (0.75 hours)
- Renewal of BT Internet connection (0.25 hours)
- Spurious cancellation of BT Internet connection - reversed! (0.25 hours)
→ See "Software Development - Website - Development" (6 hours)
- Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 10.5)
- 18Q4 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual URL Checks (0.25 hours)
- Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (6.5 hours)
- Website - Run Web Spider (1.5 hours)
- Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (1 hour)
→ See "Software Development - Website - Development" (9.25 hours)
Plans for the Near Future
I’ve had to maintain the planned weekly effort on this project at the much reduced 6 hours in order to allow for other commitments. While there’s still a lot on my development “priority list”, my hope for the current academic year was to focus on updating my technical competence. However, I can’t see how to fit it in. The Plan below is taken automatically from the Priority 1 items on my Development Log, as published in my Outstanding Developments13 Report.
- Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
- Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
- Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
- Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
- Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
- Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
- Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
- Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
- Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
- As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
- As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
- Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
- Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
- Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
- "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Plan what to do (and with the eBooks in my possession).
- "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science": Re-start, or maybe just "audit".
- Bitcoin & Blockchain: Understand better
- Bootstrap: Investigate.
- Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
- iCloud: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
- Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
- Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
- For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
- For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
- As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
- As revealed by Spider: Blog14 Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
- As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
- Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
- Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
- Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
- Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
- Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays
- As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
- Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
- Full Website Regeneration is now taking 35 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
- Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
- Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
- Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages15 automatically where possible.
- Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
- The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
I've re-opened the case!
- The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed16 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
- However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
- Look into Sistrix Smart17. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
- Duplicate content: seems to be theotodman.com and Link (Defunct)
- Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
- Page Not Found
- Filesize in excess of 1Mb
- Meta-Description: Empty
- Few words on Page
- H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
- Pictures: Alt attribute missing
- As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
- As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
- Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
- Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
- Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
- Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
- Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
- Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
- Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
- The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
- Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
- Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
Summary of Progress to Date
This is hived off to various separate documents, which have now been harmonising and / or consolidated:-
- Summary of Progress to Date18.
- Outstanding Developments19,
- Functional Documentation20,
- A summary of time expended across the years developing my website21 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".
In-Page Footnotes:Footnote 4:
- Well, I’ve missed the boat, so will need to continue with both projects in parallel.
- This was always likely to be necessary, as new features will always arise in use. It’s a prototype methodology, after all.
- This is very tedious to produce and consequently is both incomplete and out of date.
- This is much more fun, as it’s a purely technical task.
- I’ve written a vastly-improved general-purpose technical documenter for MS Access.
- It’s a shame to abandon the “mini websites” with all their ladders, as it’s rather well done.
- However, I couldn’t waste time on these after I’d abandoned bridge.
- In particular, for the ECBA “Victor Ludorum” competition.
- I cannot hand any of this code over, so the tedium will return, though not to me!
- I had agreed to share this data sometime early in 2018
- But will wait until asked again, as I doubt it’ll be of any real use to anyone.
- Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
- These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
- See Sistrix
- This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
- A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
- An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
- It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
- The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
- But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
- As distinct from developing other peoples’ websites – time which is also recorded against this project, but not against this task.
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