March 31, 2005

So Close, So Far

Filed under: CallHelix — Ryan Wilcox @ 12:42 am

The last few days I’ve been working on the CallHelix Webservices… well, server. I said to myself that I would work half the week on this, and half the week on other projects.

That still might be true, but it’s going to be a toss-up….

March 29, 2005

CallHelix Webservices Progress

Filed under: CallHelix — Ryan Wilcox @ 1:09 am

Tonight I did a massive push to get support for my CallHelix Webservices application on OS X.

Finally got it building and working in that environment… but when I was about two hours into the thing I realized I had wiped out all my OS 9 work. There is something to a simple, plain text project file format – I could just recreate the file in a text editor (thanks to SVN history). Sadly, it’s a Codewarrior project file – a binary. I’ll have to redo my work… luckily it shouldn’t be all that hard to create the second time.

March 16, 2005

A Look Into The Labs: CallHelix Webservices API

Filed under: ResearchAndDevelopment — Ryan Wilcox @ 9:38 pm

Late in 2004 the CallHelix team discovered that communications between OS 9 and OS X machines over remote AppleEvents (“eppc://” protocol) were flakey at best. They would work fine for me in the testing lab in the office, but would fail sporadically at one client’s install.

March 12, 2005

Coming out (of the shadows)

Filed under: General Information — Ryan Wilcox @ 2:20 pm

For the last several years I’ve been doing ghost-programming for the company now called QSA Toolworks, LLC. I wrote code for the company, publicly acknowledged only by my codename, “Helen”. Jared came into the project 6 or so months ago, and was referenced by his codename, “Pike” (although not as publicly… Helen, in retrospect, was a fairly public entity.)

For those of you who aren’t familiar, QSA Toolworks writes Helix, a database management system for the Macintosh. There’s a lot more information at the website than I could ever convey here.

On Friday March 11, 2005, that all changed. The Shroud Of Secrecy was lifted for all engineers, all codenames revealed, and many secrets told.

March 7, 2005

BBEdit Diff Language Module

Filed under: ResearchAndDevelopment — Ryan Wilcox @ 9:11 am

The other day a colleague noted that (regular) diffs are hard to read: it’s very easy to get the updated lines confused with the original lines (especially if the file is on the right side of your monitor.) Wouldn’t it be easier to have these color coded? I think so, so I wrote it.