Prototype for first increment released.
Okay, so it's been a while since the last post. That's mainly because I've been working on the project! Term finishes in a few days, the progress report has been handed in, and the first increment is on its way to completion.
The progress report cannot be posted online until well after the deadline, so if you wanted to read that, you'll have to wait. It's not Christmas just yet ;)
But the prototype is here and waiting for you. Please be aware that at this stage, the chords & lyrics are not formatted as required. I have spent a while trying to display them like this. If anyone out there can recommend a way of displaying HTML that gets 'correctly' formatted with CSS (at the moment, the JEditorPane does not support the CSS code that I need it to), please do! I have looked around, but nothing could be found in a reasonable amount of time that would work and be platform-independant. This will be revisited, but as with much of this project, the priorities must be kept in order, so rather than getting stuck in details, I shall be focussing on the larger issue of the database functionality. Talking of which, the add/remove/edit song buttons on the prototype's menu do not yet work. Please remember it is only a prototype!
So here it is, Merry Christmas!: Prototype (ZIP, ~100kb)
To run this, unzip all contents, and run the XMLGUI.jar file. Do this either by double-clicking it in windows explorer, or at a command line (in the same directory as the file), type 'java -jar XMLGUI.jar' and press enter. (It should work in Linux by the way, it was tested briefly on a DCS machine).
To get the program to do something useful, click File > Load Songs on the menu, and navigate to the folder that you placed the contents of the zip file into. Choose the songs-nocopyright.xml file, and voilá, a small selection of songs is displayed. Click them, search them etc. Please note that the search function can match some songs incorrectly due to the search algorithm implementation for this prototype.
If you don't want to download it to have a look, heres a peek:
2 comments by 1 or more people
It looks good and it seems to have the relevant functionality it should at this stage.
02 Jan 2008, 01:45
I havent posted on here for a while, its been busy over Christmas.
Plenty of progress has been made though, for example –
1. The Progress Report has been written & submitted
2. I have been through more literature on IT in church
3. The prototype has evolved into a nearly-complete first increment, with the added bonus of chord transposition included (originally meant for increment 3). This will be available soon!
4. A questionnaire on the use of IT in churches has been designed, ready for distribution subject to my supervisor’s approval.
I will post the important things up in the next few weeks…. probably. :-) Term starts on the 7th January and I want to have as much as possible ready for my first meeting with my supervisor.
02 Jan 2008, 12:58
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