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

Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during July - September 2017
  1. This project retained some of its prominence as in recent quarters.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Full details for 3Q17 are given below:-

Website (Total Hours = 88.25)
  1. Website - Bridge Development (Total Hours = 6.25)
  2. 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"
  3. Website - Education (Total Hours = 2.5)
  4. 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"
  5. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 5.5)

Website Others (Total Hours = 71)
  1. Website Others - Bernie's Website Development
  2. Website Others - ECBA Maintenance (Total Hours = 30)
  3. Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development (Total Hours = 2)
  4. Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Maintenance
  5. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  6. 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)
  7. Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection
  8. Website Others - Sophie Botros
  9. 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:-
  1. Summary of Progress to Date: Requires significant updating as it hasn’t been touched since December 2010.
  2. Outstanding Developments,
  3. Functional Documentation,
  4. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website16 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 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.

Note last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26



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