iLearn 0.8

This is the first release of iLearn. We’ve been developing the tools for about a year now and lauched one site with it. iLearn 0.8 is best described as a “developer preview”. There’s a lot of good stuff in there, but don’t expect to unzip it and be immediately productive. There is missing documentation, important parts of the infrastructure missing, parts we may rewrite and lots of little gaps to fill in. But the basic design feels solid enough to share.

AppleCare Quick Survey

Question 14: Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your experience with Apple’s Support Services?

  The call took a little too long, extended by several intervals where the support person waited for their IT system to return some piece of needed information. Otherwise the call was quite pleasant.
  But this is a little bit like asking a person with the flu, “Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your experience with fever and vomiting?”
  My real problem is with the laptop you sold me. I’ve been a PC user for twenty years. Swayed by family and friends who swear by their Apples, I decided to take a chance on a Powerbook.
  Bad call. For the most part, my Powerbook has been a time sink. I’ve written about this publically.
  Since purchasing the machine in June it’s been in the shop twice for repairs. My first time sending a computer back the manufacturer ever. Not once, but twice. Thank you Apple.
 

I’m making a few last tweaks to myWeblogOutliner in preparation for the next release. Archival storage is now a little more robust because we always store a non-upstreamed copy. This will also help reduce upstreamer traffic when doing Web refreshes. I have to make the documentation a little friendlier, and maybe add Weblogs.Com pings, but the code is basically ready.

For nearly a year I’ve been wanting to put together Visual Studio templates for a couple of common components in iLearn. There are scattered docs on how to do this, but it never came together. Maybe the appendixes in this book are what we need.

A little inspiration

I just read this little bit of inspiration at the tail end of an email from my friend Mark.

  Charity: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day
  Education: Teach a man to fish, feed him his entire life
  Humanism: Teach a man to believe in himself, and he will learn more than just how to fish.
  Teach a man to believe in mankind …

So true, so true.

For nearly a year I’ve been wanting to put together Visual Studio templates for a couple of common components in iLearn. There are scattered docs on how to do this, but it never came together. Maybe the appendixes in this book are what we need.