[pmwiki-users] Getting out of my cave... & FAST Data 2.0 coming

Hsing-Foo Wang hsingfoo at gmail.com
Sun Sep 3 17:17:48 CDT 2006


Many feel the 'vibes' of your work, but very little few understand
what is going on. Your posts are far too technical.

My suggestion would be to describe your messages in a second language,
namely childish.... It might help new users/adopters/enthousiasts.


On 9/3/06, The Editor <editor at fast.st> wrote:
> Just a quick note to let everyone know I've made some MAJOR
> breakthroughs on the FAST Data recipe.  In addition to adding various
> run-of-the-mill new features like:
> timestamps (easy multi-day blogging)
> value formatting (for time or otherwise)
> random number fields (gaming?)
> multiple count fields
> I've completely rewritten the function that allows for page name
> formatting to give dramatic and easy flexibility to nextpage, datapage
> and esp., read page variables.
> I've completely rewritten the page read and write lines into separate
> functions GetPage and SetPage in preparation for making the switch to
> using ReadPage and WritePage.  This cut over 50 lines of code from the
> recipe and made it much cleaner and neater--while working out several
> bugs in the process.  Ahh, coding is art.
> I am adding a matchdata function which checks for the existence of a
> predefined string in a specified field and yields t/f (which can be
> used with DataCopy) to give simple conditional functionality to your
> forms.
> But perhaps the biggest breakthrough however, is a small trick in how
> the form fields are processed allowing for multiple saves, logs,
> deletes, etc., on multiple datapages all in one form. It was actually
> a simple change that cut out even more lines of code while
> dramatically increasing its power.
> Now a form can function virtually programmatically.  That is, you can
> have it do one set of operations, change various form values (using
> DataCopy--actually an extremely powerful reformat and replace
> feature), perform more operations, check some data values, make
> appropriate changes to field values, do more operations, etc.,
> indefinitely.  In short, about anything you want to do--all within the
> wiki form fields themselves!
> Unfortunately I can't release the new code right away.  I get to go
> spend a week on the lake up in B.C. with some good friends so I'll be
> away from the computer for awhile.  Out of my cave.  Will be rough!
> :)  Anyway, will try to upload the new version after I get back, work
> out one or two remaining kinks, and have time to write up the
> documentation.  I think it is big enough to consider calling it a 2.0
> version--or at least a beta for it.
> Cheers,
> Caveman
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