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Status Reports - Status: Web-Tools (2017 - June)

Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during April – June 2017
  1. This project retained some of its prominence as last quarter, and I almost achieved the effort planned when time lost on account of holidays is accounted for.
  2. I made a good start on the course put out by Harvard - "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science" - and completed the first three sets of lectures and exercises (the “hacker” versions) at the cost of about 50 hours effort. I plan to continue to take it seriously next quarter and to complete it by the end of the calendar year.
  3. I spent only about a couple of days on my own site, though achieved three useful tasks: producing a cut-down Zoom-Search site (excluding irrelevant pages); added extra options to my web-links checker and added links to the actual results from my personal Bridge-stats pages. Otherwise, effort was expended on “education” or on the other sites I support.
  4. During 2Q17 I expended 177 hours on this project (504 hours YTD, where for “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the academic year that commenced in October 2016). That’s 91% of planned effort, 90% YTD. Overall, 28% of my project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this Project (making 26% YTD) – as against 28% planned (29% YTD).
  5. Full details for 2Q17 are given below:-

Website (Total Hours = 88)
  1. Website - Bridge Development (Total Hours = 11)
  2. Website - Development (Total Hours = 6.5)
    • Website - Generator - Fix bug - Unclassified Topics (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix bug - Webrefs Looping (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs Checker - add flexibility (3 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs Checker - Fix issues (0.25 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh automation (2.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development"
  3. Website - Education (Total Hours = 52.5)
    • "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer" (0.5 hours)
    • Discussions with Nat on IT Development (2.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development"
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Admin + Set-Up (2.25 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Lectures (12.25 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 0: Scratch (16 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 1: C (6.75 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 2: Crypto (5.25 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 2: Crypto - Crack (4.25 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 3: Game of Fifteen (2 hours)
      → See "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science"
    • "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World" (0.5 hours)
  4. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 10.5)
    • Becky's broadband (0.25 hours)
    • Fix USB Driver failure for iPhone (0.25 hours)
    • Fix USB Driver failure for printers (0.5 hours)
    • iPhone iOS upgrade + Charging issues (0.75 hours)
    • Julie's new SmartPhone (Galaxy J5) (4 hours)
    • Mallorca Internet Problems (2 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases & Bugs (1.75 hours)
    • Naomi re Java work login failure (0.25 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (0.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development"
  5. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 7.5)

Website Others (Total Hours = 88.75)
  1. Website Others - Bernie's Website Development (Total Hours = 9)
  2. Website Others - ECBA Development
  3. Website Others - ECBA Maintenance (Total Hours = 45.5)
    • Admin - ECBA Website - Eve Goblets (6.5 hours)
    • Admin - ECBA Website - Eve Goblets - Anomalies & Re-design (1 hour)
    • Bridge - Butler IMPs - Data Output (1 hour)
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - Bridgewebs re multi-session teams upload error (1 hour)
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - ECL Handover (0.75 hours)
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - Routine Maintenance (35.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - ECBA Website - Admin & Maintenance"
  4. Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development (Total Hours = 6.25)
  5. Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Maintenance (Total Hours = 3.25)
    • ECBA Website - OneDrive - Tournament Entry Spreadsheet - Support for Linda (0.5 hours)
    • ECBA Website - OneDrive - Tournament Entry Spreadsheet - Time Windows / iOS discrepancy (0.75 hours)
    • ECBA Website - Tournament Entry - Essex / Herts Investigations (0.5 hours)
    • ECBA Website - Tournament Entry Query & Upgrade (1.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - ECBA Website - Admin & Maintenance"
  6. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  7. Website Others - Joint Project Data Analysis
    • Bridge - Joint Project - "Mini Website" output - Make Latest Results easier to find (1 hour)
  8. Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection

Plans for the Near Future

I’ve maintained the planned weekly effort on this project at 15 hours. My intention over the next 15 months9 is to reduce the amount of effort expended on other sites and focus on sorting out my own, together with updating my technical competence. Because I may change the technology of my site, I will treat it as substantially “on hold” until I’ve re-educated myself.

Summary of Progress to Date

This is hived off to a separate11 document. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website13 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.
Footnote 5: This is very tedious to produce and consequently is both incomplete and out of date.

Footnote 7:
  • 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.
Footnote 9: Ie. Until my 65th birthday, when I’m “supposed” to seriously re-start my PhD.

Footnote 11:
  • This document requires significant updating as it hasn’t been touched since December 2010.
  • It may also be largely superseded by other documents – eg. the Outstanding Developments and Functional Documentation.
  • But it may provide a different “take” on what I’ve done. Maybe higher level.
Footnote 13: As distinct from developing other peoples’ websites – time which is also recorded against this project, but not against this task.

Note last updated: 20/07/2017 14:34:05



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