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CPMcGraw 03-13-2010 08:51 PM

Trying out new software
 
I'm beginning to play with the free version of NetObjects Fusion, in hopes of creating a new version of the BARCLONE website. At this point, anything is better than trying to get down and dirty with the PHP and CSS editors. Many years and several computers ago, I used a program called Trellix, which became Cute SiteBuilder. It was clunky, and created literally six or eight files for each page, but it was useful in my early creation of the Railroad History page I run. The pages still needed hand-tweaking, but that wasn't so bad when the bulk of the pages was taken care of for me. Now, I really don't have the time to tweak, much less try to craft a full website, from raw PHP, HTML, and CSS.

Scott has also informed me that one of the "positive" side effects of the recent RocketShoppe 'update' was an improvement in the host server's PHP and MySQL installations, the latter of which had been getting in the way of finishing up the last attempt to post a complete downloadable catalog of our RockSim files. The original version was so old and out-of-date I couldn't locate a working copy to install in my local WampServer. Now, I have a slightly 'older' local set-up to mimic what RocketShoppe is capable of working with. More about this later...

Besides NOF, what 'free website builder' programs can anyone suggest or recommend that works well? I'm not looking for 'trial' or 'hamstrung feature' software, but fully-functional 'no-time-limit' software packages that have some proven history to support them. Post your titles and URLs in this thread...

CPMcGraw 04-05-2010 07:02 PM

Trying Out New Software, Part Deux
 
So now I'm looking at Java in a more serious light... :eek:

I just DL'd the latest Java SDK and NetBeans 6.8, and I'm trying to learn the tools. Sounds like a familiar refrain, doesn't it? I figure if I can learn the basics of Java while working on the website, maybe I can contribute something later to OpenRocket...

Here's the plan:

I'm trying to create a simple image viewer to display all of the 3D exports from RockSim, as well as any photos of real models that get sent in. The viewer should float over the web page, persisting until either you leave the site, or close the dialog.

Here's the reality:

I don't know whack about Java or NetBeans...

More to come...

GregGleason 04-05-2010 08:56 PM

Craig, I applaud your efforts. It takes time to code and learning a new language is about as fun as ... well, learning a new language.

I spent portions of this morning and afternoon coding some vbscript for personal use to enhance my work productivity. Of course the productivity takes a hit when your coding but when it's done, it's done. The next time the situation comes up, it won't be as near painful because the tool that can help is just a click away.

Greg

nvrocketeer 04-06-2010 11:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CPMcGraw
So now I'm looking at Java in a more serious light... :eek:

Here's the reality:

I don't know whack about Java or NetBeans...

More to come...


For learning Java, nothing's better than BlueJ (www.bluej.org), and it has NetBeans support. I tried to come into Java via the Eclipse IDE and got thorougly lost. BlueJ has all the basic things you'll want, and if you want more someday THEN you'll be ready for Eclipse.

I used BlueJ to write a complete book of altitude/delay predictions for my launch site elevation, (single) motor, and tube diameter. BlueJ kept it fun.

CPMcGraw 04-06-2010 01:03 PM

I've DL'd BlueJ and installed it. Now to just take some time to play with it... :D

Thanks for that link, Bob!

nvrocketeer 04-06-2010 04:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CPMcGraw
Thanks for that link, Bob!


My pleasure. :)


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