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Status: Web-Tools (2019 - September)

(Text as at 10/10/2019 23:58:34)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during July - September 2019
  1. I spent 98.25 hours in 19Q3 on this Project, or related work (430.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 125.6% of the planned effort (110.1% YTD). Overall, 14.6% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 17.3% YTD) - as against 11.8% planned (13.9% YTD).
  2. I stuck to the greatly reduced “budget” of only 6 hours a week, and exceeded it by 25%, so I’ve increased the allowance to 8 hours a week for the coming quarter.
  3. Completed items included:-
    1. Own Website:
      • Authors
        1. As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 86 items.
      • Books/Papers
        1. Print Write-up Notes (not just the links) for appropriate Papers in BookPaperAbstracts
      • Bridge
        1. NGS Refinements
        2. Synchronise Documentator with main website generator
        3. Add Mountnessing archive links to Results
      • Infrastructure
        1. Purchase & Commission new Lenovo Laptop: awaiting replacement following motherboard failure!
        2. PDFelement: Purchase & Commission upgrade from Version 5 to Version 7 for $39 - await new Laptop
      • WebRefs
        1. As revealed by Spider: Hits_Pages_Total_Crosstab_Descending.htm. 22 items.
    2. Other Websites:
  4. Full details for 19Q3 are given below12:-
Website (Total Hours = 97.25)
  1. Website - Bridge Development (Total Hours = 17)
    • Bridge - Website - Development (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Add Mountnessing archive links to Results (4 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - NGS Refinements (4 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Synchronise Documentator with main website generator (6.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Update Documentation (2.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (17 hours)
  2. Website - Bridge Maintenance (Total Hours = 8)
    • Bridge - Website - Results Database Maintenance (7 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Results Database Maintenance - Corrections re Butler Scoring (1 hour)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (8 hours)
  3. Website - Development (Total Hours = 35.5)
    • Review Webalizer Methodology & Consolidate Stats (7.25 hours)
    • Website - Chess Results & Games Pages - Create & Maintain (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Cross-check and Synchronise Local and Live sites (3 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Quarterly Reporting for uneven Plan (Holidays) (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Documenter Homepage13 Improvement (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix 'System Resources Exceeded' Bug in Linked_Table_Counts, Etc. (1.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider (4.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider - Error 298 - Authors (4.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider - Error 338 - Directories in Hits page (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Improve automatic WebRefs Checking (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Improve processing for WebRefs Generated by Spider (1.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate anomalies in YTD Task List Report (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Maintain consolidated Development Log (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Print Write-up Notes (not just the links) for Papers in BookPaperAbstracts (3 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Re-engineer Authors processing to use IDs rather than Names (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Upgrade Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting (1.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (35.5 hours)
  4. Website - Education
  5. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 25.75)
  6. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 8.75)
    • 19Q2 Status Reports (1.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual / Automatic URL Checks & Fixes (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (1.5 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (1.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (8.75 hours)
Website Others (Total Hour = 1)
  1. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  2. Website Others - Sophie Botros

Plans for the Near Future

While I’ve planned to increase my weekly allocation of effort to this project 8 hours, in order to allow for other commitments I’ll have to restrict myself to items on my development “priority list”, rather than focusing on updating my technical competence. While I’d like to do this, I just can’t see how to fit it in. The Plan below is taken automatically from the Priority 1 items on my Development Log, as published in my Outstanding Developments14 Report.
  1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Architecture
      1. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
      2. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
    • Authors
      1. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
      2. Completely re-engineer Authors processing to use IDs rather than Names:-
        1. Authors' pages to be identified by Author_nnnnn, where nnnnn is the (numeric) Author_ID.
        2. Directory-structure in thousands: Author_mm.
        3. Use Author_ID in all Tables.
        4. Need to document at the same time!
        5. Needed because of difficulties transferring special characters in file names.
      3. Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
    • Backups
      1. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
    • Books/Papers
      1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
    • Bridge
      1. As revealed by Spider: Bridge_Code_Archive.htm (14 items) & Bridge_Code_Archive_Recent.htm (5 items)
    • Documenter
      1. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
    • Education
      1. "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Plan what to do (and with the eBooks in my possession).
      2. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
    • Infrastructure
      1. iCloud: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem. Try on new Laptop.
    • Notes
      1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      2. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
        1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
        2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
      3. As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
      4. As revealed by Spider: Blackberry links from archived Note 1010 (Maintenance Dashboard). 38 items.
      5. As revealed by Spider: Blog15 Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 100 items outstanding.
      6. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
      7. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 30 items.
      8. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      9. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      10. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
    • Photos
      1. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      2. Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays
    • Process
      1. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      2. Full Website Regeneration is now taking 24 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
    • Spider
      1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
        1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
        2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages16 automatically where possible.
        3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
      2. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
        1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed17 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
        2. However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
        I've re-opened the case!
    • Technology
      1. Look into Sistrix Smart18. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
        1. Duplicate content: seems to be variants on theotodman.com
        2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
        3. Page Not Found
        4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
        5. Meta-Description: Empty
        6. Few words on Page
        7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
        8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
    • WebRefs
      1. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Brief_12.htm. Refs failing. 1 item.
      2. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 117 items.
      3. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 20 items.
      4. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
        1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
        2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
        3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
      5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      6. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
  2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-

Summary of Progress to Date

This is hived off to various separate documents, which have now been harmonising and / or consolidated:-
  1. Summary of Progress to Date19.
  2. Outstanding Developments20,
  3. Functional Documentation21,
  4. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website22 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".



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Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 74)

Date Length Title
14/07/2019 20:29:46 16642 Status: Web-Tools (2019 - June)
05/04/2019 10:36:29 16128 Status: Web-Tools (2019 - March)
06/01/2019 23:36:58 18445 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - December)
10/10/2018 16:43:41 22079 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - September)
06/07/2018 18:56:10 16773 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - June)
05/04/2018 10:48:00 16588 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - March)
05/01/2018 00:11:31 13295 Status: Web-Tools (2017 - December)
09/10/2017 23:25:26 11848 Status: Web-Tools (2017 - September)
20/07/2017 14:34:05 11297 Status: Web-Tools (2017 - June)
10/04/2017 23:38:24 11470 Status: Web-Tools (2017 - March)
14/01/2017 20:18:14 13578 Status: Web-Tools (2016 - December)
14/10/2016 22:14:53 14567 Status: Web-Tools (2016 - September)



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