Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Not much going on....

Well, it is tough to keep up a blog when all you do is work... Since, you want to have something good to write about to keep people coming back, at least occasionally.

Lately, all we have been doing is keeping up with things. Jody has been dealing with 200+ work emails a day and all the other things like hiring people, filling classes, and finding instructors. Oh, if you have 18hrs or more of graduate level Mathematics and want to teach online, contact Jody, she might have some work for you.

I've finally got some funding to do some development work on my project. Doing support is rather dull, especially when it is working well, and being able to create some of the things that I have had on my list makes the days go much faster. Lately, I've been writing additional user interfaces for our content authoring system. The program is all web based so everything is done thru a browser. I write the backend code in Perl and that Perl code writes code in javascript so that the user has a rich and fast experience on their end. Yes, that is me writing a computer program that writes another computer program in a different language, I think it is kinda neat. We have to do this cause the Perl code runs on the server and the javascript runs on the client (browser) side. Eventually, what this means to the user is that when you click things, it responds fast, since it does not have to ask the server for more information, since slow sites suck. And with how our people are organized, latency (the time to request and respond to a click) is more expensive timewise than sending a lot of data one time.

So that is what we are doing, maybe we'll have something more exciting next week.

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