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February 07, 2006

Mahusive Update

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OK, bringing up to speed with this project:

  1. Now using Moodle, for many reasons. Listing that below this list.
  2. Working to get Shibboleth login to the project (this should allow integration with the WSOS)
  3. Going to simulate timetable interpretation from the system (BSV tables are available; write a program to interpret these!)
  4. "Penguin" folder to be created, in order to put our custom front page. This will be moved as the project progresses.
  5. Term Dating now begun (see next post!)

Reasons why I'm using Moodle now:

  1. PHP is faster to develop with, yet scalable (Moodle is being used for the open university, see here: Large Moodle Installations
  2. Personally, much more comfortable with PHP
  3. Java was taking more time than I could commit to understand existing open source projects
  4. No point in re-inventing the wheel
  5. Moodle has more documentation (the current open source JSP solutions seem to want to have you hire them, funny that)
  6. More suited to Department of Computer Science's needs (the LMSs in JSP were designed for university-wide use, and separation wasn't possible because of the security grainings)
  7. Downside: Non-transactional database commital using mySQL at the moment.
  8. Downside: Variable protection is not so "hot" in PHP. A big issue, but the guidelines for moodle should stop variable transferrance. Also, splitting into classes helps!
  9. Greater integration with existing systems possible

November 24, 2005

Front end integration

Writing about web page

Having discussed front and back end integration with Paul today, the following points arose:

  • Coffee is good
  • Work is bad
  • The use of the MVC and JSP format will allow a high level of abstraction between the front and back end
  • This will, in turn, allow development of the back end without too much impact on the front end
  • However, the front end research will have some bearing of the code design & output, so any code design must be expandable and changeable
  • Hopefully this will be done through the use of the beans anyway!

Any coments on any analysis thoroughly appreciated.

Roughly still on schedule with each other – no major changes. Parallel working will occur the start of the new term.

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