Stumbled across couchdb thanks to the Sakai devel mailing list. Looks cool, but I need to use it before I can get my head around what it might be able to do. I think a good toy application that will also be useful is to code up Mike’s glossary using it. That would be good because the limitation of a wiki is that when you want to add links to existing pages, you have to guess or whatnot, and anyway a wiki is not a glossary. I just want a dynamic, editable, cross-linked glossary. That isn’t hand-generated!
Super frustrating day trying to build Salasaga, with the kicker coming at about 3:30 when ./configure finally complained that it needs libgnome. I don’t run gnome. Most of the time that isn’t a problem. How annoying that they don’t list Gnome as one of their project prerequisites. I guess that is one of the evils of having Ubuntu become so popular—perhaps developers don’t even realize that running Linux on a desktop doesn’t “require” a gnome environment.
I think I’ll wait for the ebuild to come out.
I’ve been looking for something for Brooke to use for a while now to bang out websites. I tried rolling my own, tried a wiki, tried setting up a blog (not in that order) but nothing worked. Concrete5 looks like “the bomb” as my old friend Bob used to say. I used their demo (until it reset) and it looked like it could do what I think Brooke wants to do with a site (format, arrange, write content, get automatic listings/directories, etc). The FAQ says it has community tools too. Finally, I did a control-u and saw jquery, etc etc, so I’m downloading it and going to fire it up. I just emerged drupal yesterday, but I got all bogged down in plugins and add ons and so on. If I can’t set it up fast, it isn’t going to get done.
We’ll see how C5 works out.