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Online Bible

Just put up a new Bible site Friday, which is old news for those on Twitter. For now it's rather simple (put in reference, get Bible verses back), but I do plan on keeping the development going.

An update Saturday added limited book and chapter divisions and inline verse numbering. The next update will probably let you turn off the verse numbering (that's the way I like it). After that, not sure what's next, but printable downloads, and links relevant to the current text are planned.

Programming Stuff (yes, you can skip this part)
First app done with the new Zend Framework Took, using the standard directory structure and 'accepted' (since there's no implementation in the framework) Model structure.

I must say I love the configuration and bootstrap, it makes all that a whole lot easier. Of course if you've already written a standard bootstrap and config system, then maybe you'd prefer that. I had not, and found using Zend's to be great, since really, you just want to start writing the application.

Also be using GIT to do the version control. It's worked rather well. I think the most inviting feature (to me) is the easy branch switching. I like being able to quick switch to one change I'm working on, without limiting my ability to go back and work on a fix for the 'stable' branch. Yeah, I know SVN has that too, it just doesn't seem as easy.

Of course coming form SVN it can be hard to catch onto the way GIT works - not having a central server. But once it made sense, I think I like that way better.

Why Another Bible Site? (welcome back)
I just found the other sites a bit too busy. It's not that I couldn't figure out how to get to a passage, just that that nothing seemed quite simple enough. And I wanted a bit more control over the display formating.

[Oh, and biblegateway.com, your cookies expire way too fast. It seems like every time I go to your site, I need to setup my version preference again. But I don't have to do that anymore.]

I'd been thinking of doing something like this for a while, but last week, after reading a passage, I thought that it would be nice to post a link to a verse. Just a single verse, and have it displayed something like twitter's updates (when a single update is viewed).

So now here goes: I like Paul's perspective.

Go enjoy it if you want, and let me know what features you think would be nice.

http://bible.timlytle.net

Tim Lytle [06/28/09 15:30:00] | 0 Comments | Point

Web Development Q&A

Having a little Web question and answer session next Monday Tuesday. Did one of these (kinda) at Panara Bread last year. This one will be 'virtual', meaning less cream cheese on the keyboard. At least for me.

There won't really be an overview, introduction, explanation of the basics like last time - this will be simply based off the group questions, and hopefully will end up dealing with a range of topics that help everyone increase their knowledge and understanding.

Here's the catch, so as to avoid my looking too befuddled, the questions will be submitted beforehand. That way I can ask someone who actually knows this stuff and just repeat their answers.

Here's how to be a part:

  1. Fill out the google form.
  2. Ask a question here, or upload stuff here, or just e-mail, twitter, or whatever the question to me.
  3. Fire up the computer next Monday, and join in (links for that will be posted on Monday).
Note that this is mostly web development focused, not web design, so questions about scripting languages, markup (CSS&HTML), and the technology used in development (editors, how things work, tools to use) will probably get better answers than questions about how how to incorporate textures into a web design, or what kind of content layout is hot right now.

Tim Lytle [06/22/09 15:12:52] | 0 Comments | Point

Just A Simple Request

And a simple answer: Yes Chris, there is an RSS feed.

[Yeah, yeah, there's no fancy link on the sidebar (and really not much of a sidebar). But most readers will accept the main URL and find the RSS link in the header. No, no, they will.]

Tim Lytle [06/09/09 12:04:27] | 3 Comments | Point

Something About Denmark

[The following are the results of a survey done to determine what, where, and how a little group - heading to The Complete Works, Abridged - will have dinner. Why? Because google documents is cool (are cool?) and the google docs forms generate nifty charts and graphs. And. Well, that's it I guess.]

Here's what you've all been waiting for - the results of the survey. The survey 32% of you gave a 10 on the 'important' scale - which is a pretty good consensus for this group.

Okay, looks like we'll be splitting up. Aww, sorry togetherness people - if it's any consolation 32% of the group will wish they listened to you when it's all said and done.

Now for the knity-gritty - we'll be meeting at 5:30. But don't be late because 42% of us wanted 5 and we're just being nice. Don't abuse that. Okay?

Barnes & Noble is the place to gather - let's make it the circle entrance (not the parking lot entrance), and then split up from there.

Let us for a moment consider where you don't want to eat (right side). For some reason Hex: Dutch Delights, came in second. Second? Really? Who would eat at a place called that? Bad news for the Japanese place. They're more unpopular than a restaurant that was made up for the purpose of being unappetizing. That's rough.

The most popular places that mostly everyone is pretty much okay (left side) with are Cosi, Pandini's, and Red Robin. Of course, there's one in every group, and we're no different. A whopping one person doesn't want to go to Red Robin. Now you know who you are, so I'm not going to call you out on the internet. Mostly because I'm looking at the graphed data, and it would take way two* much effort to look through all the responses.

So if we were to go to a single place, it would be Cosi or Pandini's.

But here's where it gets interesting. The two most popular choices when limited to a single pick, are White Orchid's Thai and Red Robin, followed (not too surprising here) by the Pita Pit.

Now, it seems from the responses, and from the fact that serving this large of a group would take more time than we'd want, splitting up is the way to go. While deciding on the fly will probably work for Cosi, Pandini's, Pita Pit, and maybe even Red Robin - it might not be that welcome at White Orchid's. Or, for the 6% of you (yeah, that's one person) who picked it, Melt.

So if you're wanting to hit up the Thai place, or some place else that needs a reservation, shoot me an e-mail, text, whatever, sometime today and we'll see what we can arrange for reservations. But if the Pita Pit, Pandini's, or the like is your pick - and that's 30% of you - just meet at B&N, find your group, and have fun storming the castle.

[*for John (was 'to') happy now?]

Tim Lytle [06/04/09 01:21:11] | 2 Comments | Point

Almost a Birthday

Haven't been posting that much. I guess that means I'm busy.

Another couple of days and this little blog will have been around for 6 years. Wow. That's not bad I guess.

Started out as a quick php script, added comments pretty soon after that - then things were a little quite as a hosting change kinda kill some old code. But that's okay, it needed to be killed.

Now everything is running on a very unstable half-way done blogging system. So here's the question - blogging has been around for a while, but what things are the mainstream platforms missing?

Tim Lytle [06/02/09 23:03:55] | 0 Comments | Point