Archive for August, 2010

RESUME RESEARCH STATUS REPORT-2010/08/27

August 27, 2010

The development of the latest version with the capability of reading up to 16 text files has made it possible to prepare specialized *.html files such as used in a users manual.

It has also become apparent that this technology may be useful in the preparation of resumes.

A resume written in a *.txt file format is universally accepted.  A new standard software parts library is needed. Furthermore, the text file resume often needs to be pasted into a window on a web-site. The text file resume format is different in this case.  Specifically, each paragraph of the resume is one long line in the text file.

Currently, the maximum length of each line in the files generated by the Programmable Software Development Environment is 256 characters.  Consequently, this tool is not currently capable of preparing a resume to be pasted into a window on a web-site.

A new version of this tool is currently being developed which will eliminated this restriction thus rendering the resume generation process strictly portable between a printer-friendly file and a website paste-in file. This new version has been prepared and is ready for test which will begin within the next several days.

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HTML RESEARCH STATUS REPORT-2010/08/20

August 20, 2010

The development of the latest version with the capability of reading up to 16 text files has made it possible to prepare specialized *.html files such as used in a users manual. In particular, an effort to rebuild the user’s manual for the Programmable Software Development Environment using the tool is progressing.

It has also become apparent that this technology may be useful in the preparation of resumes. These documents are different than the manual in a very significant way:  The manual is a collection of single page files coupled together by a system of linkages where as the resume is
usually a single multi-page document,  Furthermore, an *.html file is usually not accepted.

A resume written in a *.txt file format is universally accepted.  A new standard software parts library is needed. Furthermore, the text file resume often needs to be pasted into a window on a web-site. The text file resume format is different in this case.  Specifically, each paragraph of the resume is one long line in the text file.

Currently, the maximum length of each line in the files generated by the Programmable Software
Development Environment is 256 characters.  Consequently, this tool is not currently capable of preparing a resume to be pasted into a window on a web-site.  A new version of this tool is currently being developed which will eliminated this restriction thus rendering the resume generation process strictly portable between a printer-friendly file and a website paste-in file.

ERROR-2010/07/19-COMPLETION

August 13, 2010

The following error was encountered while doing the *.html software parts development

PCG ERROR: Precfile — 1675
PCG ERROR: Precfile — 1569
PCG ERROR: Precfile — 1292
PCG ERROR: precoper — 1737
PCG ERROR: precsrce — 597
PCG ERROR: srcproj  — 2281
PCG ERROR: devproj  — 1507
PCG ERROR: mainprj  — 1281
PCG ERROR: explrpde — 168

I decided to replace the text read routine “fgets” for the binary routine function “fread”  and manage the sequential reading of the text file myself.

This effort resulted in a significant surprise.  Specifically, the format of a text file is a bit informal.  Sometimes the line is terminated by a CRLF and sometimes it is terminated by just a LF alone.  To maintain my strict portability requirement, I redesigned the text file input routine to accept both formats.

The required modifications have been made. The updated version is now available for download.

HTML RESEARCH STATUS REPORT-2010/08/06

August 6, 2010

The user’s manual for the Programmable Software Development Environment using the tool is now being prepared.  all of the pages associated with the Introduction have been completed.

The effort to build a resume using the tool has been progressing.  The two biggest challenges are 1) to prepare a process that is strictly portable between an *.html and *.txt files; and 2) render the document “printer-friendly”.

I performed a number of experiments to determine whether strict portability was achievable between Firefox in an Windowns NT environment and in a Linux (UBUNTU 904, UBUNTU 910) environment. In particular, could the printouts could be made functionally identical.  I determined that this was not achievable. The presentation of the web-page is defined in part by the web-browser and available fonts.  In particular, the printed pages were not always the same.

The text file appears to be the only way to build documents that are strictly portable from printing point of view. Most job sites accept the digital resume in either a *.doc or a *.txt file.  The *.txt file has been around a long time and hence it will the easiest to control the printed text. The next major task is to build an equivalent software parts library for the creation of a properly formatted equivalent text file.

As I have mentioned before, strict potability is a non-negotiable requirement of my efforts.  The *.html software development process and parts are strictly portable between the Linux Ubuntu 904-32 bit, Linux Ubuntu 919 64-bit and Windows XP professional operating system.  The creation of the *.txt file instead of the *.html file must not require any revisions of document definitions files and I am certain that I can accomplish this goal.