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Rationale for this ProjectNote last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26
- This Project was alluded to briefly in a footnote on research methodology in my original Research Proposal under the head Research - Internet Technology. When last at Birkbeck, I wrote a more extensive paper 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 Documentation.
- Technical7 Documentation.
- Other Websites
- I established the Hutton Bridge Club Website (Web Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html)) in 4Q11 using the standard Bridgewebs service, but with a couple of competitions using my own routines. I’ve retained supporting these despite handing the Website on.
- I took over the support and development of the Essex Contract Bridge Association (ECBA) website (Web Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/)), which also uses Bridgewebs, but is very much larger, in 1Q15. I have written a lot of code to make this job less tedious.
- Over the last few years, I’ve been collecting data on bridge activity in the area (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 – and have booked this time to this project as it enhances (or at least maintains) my IT skills in this area. I’m now using this data to generate websites for small clubs (Web Link (http://www.essexbridgeresults.org.uk/)).
- In 3Q16 I revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Web Link (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).
- I’ve created and maintain a new website for the First Class Bridge Academy (Web Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
- About 10 years ago, I created a website for Dr. Sophie Botros (Web Link (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)), one of my supervisors at Birkbeck. I’ve now taken it back on and spruced it up a bit, though it requires more work.
- I’ve created and maintain a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (Web Link (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/)).
- Most recently, I’ve 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: Live (Web Link (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Web Link (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
- 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 July - September 2017
- This project retained some of its prominence as in recent quarters.
- Unfortunately, I made no progress at all on the course put out by Harvard - "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science". I will have to focus on this in 4Q17 if I am to complete it by the end of the year.
- However, I did manage to spend almost 60 hours on my own site. This work included:-
- Quite a lot of work on WebRefs in an attempt to sort out the broken links. This requires a fair bit more work, in documentation, development and data correction.
- Upgraded Julie’s PC to Windows 10.
- Enabled Julie’s new Samsung Galaxy J5 phone.
- Investigated Optimizr reports and reduced the size of sundry pages by splitting them into linked sequences.
- Added the colour-coded Note-quality to jump tables, etc.
- Significant update to Sophie’s website.
- Further details appear below.
- During 3Q17 I expended 159 hours on this project (664 hours YTD, where for “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the academic year that commenced in October 2016). That’s 81% of planned effort, 88% YTD. Overall, 22% of my project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this Project (making 25% YTD) – as against 28% planned (28% YTD).
- Full details for 3Q17 are given below:-
Website (Total Hours = 88.25)
- Website - Bridge Development (Total Hours = 6.25)
- Website - Development (Total Hours = 57.5)
- Website - Generator - Bug - Authors' names corrupted (1.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - Bug in "Time by Location" query (0.75 hours)
- Website - Generator - Changed Paper + Book Abstracts Review (0.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - Create display-names for Authors in Notes, Etc (1.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - Documentation (4.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - Fix bug - Webrefs Looping (2.5 hours)
- Website - Generator - Fix printable versions of "private" notes - should also be private (1.5 hours)
- Website - Generator - Improve header for Authors Page (2 hours)
- Website - Generator - Investigate Optimizr output (1.75 hours)
- Website - Generator - Not all cited Papers are appearing in the Reading List for a Note (2 hours)
- Website - Generator - Page Size Reduction: Notes_List_Control (2 hours)
- Website - Generator - Page Size Reduction: Various Papers Lists (2 hours)
- Website - Generator - Page Size Reduction: Weblinks_Tester (1 hour)
- Website - Generator - Page Size Reduction: Weblinks_Tester_Brief (2.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - Show Notes Group Narrative in Jump Tables & Concatenated Lists (4.5 hours)
- Website - Generator - Show Notes Quality in Jump Tables & Concatenated Lists (13.25 hours)
- Website - Generator - WebRefs - Correction of errored URLs (8.5 hours)
- Website - Generator - WebRefs - Documentation & Bug-fixes (3.5 hours)
- Website - Update "Christian" Page (1.25 hours)
- Website - Update Home Page (1.75 hours)
→ See "Software Development - Website - Development"
- Website - Education (Total Hours = 2.5)
- Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 16.5)
- Email Signature (0.25 hours)
- iPhone to PC photos transfer (3.5 hours)
- Julie's new SmartPhone (Galaxy J5) (1.5 hours)
- Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases & Bugs (1.5 hours)
- PC Backups / OneDrive (1 hour)
- PC Supplies (Laser Printer Drum + InkJet Toner) (0.75 hours)
- PC Supplies (Toner + Laser Paper) (2.25 hours)
- Renew Phone & Broadband (Outbuildings) with BT (0.25 hours)
- Windows 10 for Julie's PC (2.5 hours)
- Windows 10 for Julie's PC - Email Contacts (3 hours)
→ See "Software Development - Website - Development"
- Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 5.5)
Website Others (Total Hours = 71)
- Website Others - Bernie's Website Development
- Website Others - ECBA Maintenance (Total Hours = 30)
- Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development (Total Hours = 2)
- Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Maintenance
- Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
- Website Others - Joint Project Data Analysis (Total Hours = 2.5)
- Bridge - Joint Project - Add date pop-up in results matrices (1 hour)
- Bridge - Joint Project - Data Modelling - input #Hands in Butler Pairs %ages (1.5 hours)
- Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection
- Website Others - Sophie Botros
- Website Others - Tim's Football Club
Plans for the Near Future
I’ve maintained the planned weekly effort on this project at 15 hours. My intention over the next 12 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 various separate documents, which need harmonising and / or consolidating:-
- Summary of Progress to Date: Requires significant updating as it hasn’t been touched since December 2010.
- Outstanding Developments,
- Functional Documentation,
- A summary of time expended across the years developing my website16 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".
Footnote 5: This is very tedious to produce and consequently is both incomplete and out of date.
- 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 9: Ie. Until my 65th birthday, when I’m “supposed” to seriously re-start my PhD.
- 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 12: Maybe without the final project.
Footnote 16: As distinct from developing other peoples’ websites – time which is also recorded against this project, but not against this task.
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