Really busy with Massey, it’ll be good to get this semester out if the way (even though it just started). Presently my TODO list includes:
- Preparing my seminar presentation for Object-oriented Software Engineering
- Meetings with lecturers around Massey for projects and my research
- Haskell programming assignment *shudders*
- My research
So, how does this link my the title? Well, I’ve managed to get the work I’ve been doing on Centruflow to become my research project, and I’ve managed to get my seminar topic for another paper to be about something I’m researching for my research project. That’s sure to save some time….
That is all
Well, my work on implementing an XPath engine within Mandarax
is finally looking up. There is only one area that I’m facing big troubles, and I’ll start worrying about that later (tomorrow most probably). It’s cool what it can do now – you can give a query like “/fact | /rule” to gather all the rules and facts within the knowledge base, or if you want all rules with a certain size, you simply go “/rule[@size=’10’]”. The number of queries is unlimited – I’ve built a plugin system so people working within Mandarax can easily add further datatypes to the engine, allowing it to then provide results for that data.
Compare this with having to write your own code each time you want to find something out within the knowledge base, and the benefit becomes hugely obvious. And here is a view on the code repository zoomed in on my XPath code (I admit the code isn’t nice right now – it’s in debug mode):
Other than that, I’ve just been finalising (and bug fixing) Leopard Tutor, my app for a massey associate professor who wants to use it to teach students Java and object-orientation. They basically build up a UML diagram from a source code listing. Hey Microsoft – wouldn’t it be cool to get this switched over to a C# teaching tool? It would take very little work, and it’s another way to get students to learn .NET over Java. Ask me for more info
Here’s something I just found. I’m yet to look as I’m quite busy, but I’m sure it’ll help satisfy people on the features of visual studio 2005, something that I harped on about here and here.