July 20th, 2004


ljArchive 0.9.3

This is a pretty big update, although most of the changes are under the hood.

For those of you who emailed me with errors you encountered in the previous version, they should be resolved in this version.  The main issue was with clone servers and free accounts, and ljArchive now supports both properly.

The main interface has been completely redone.  Here are some screens:ljArchive is now ready to be ported to linux - implemented in mono.  I've looked over the mono BCL and ljArchive's core library is completely compatible.  I'm looking for a mono developer familiar with gtk# (or wt# or whatever else) to work with me.  The ljArchive core library is VERY easy to work with and fully (sorta) documented.  Here's an example of the code you'd write to interact with it.  So if you're interested, please email me or leave a comment.

I'm also looking for speakers of other languages willing to help me translate some bits of very mundane text such as "ljArchive encountered an error" because ljArchive now supports localization.

Unfortunately for upgrading users, this version breaks compatibility with the old file format, so you'll have to create a new archive and resync.  I won't be making a habit of breaking compatibility.

There are lots of new features.  For a more thorough listing of them, check out the revision history.

You can download the new client here.

This Is Who I am and What I want to do

Well it turns out that I have known about livejournal for a good number of years now... I have always been a big fan but I never got around to joining until a relatively short while back... My reason for joining was to access friend's only blog posts... About 1.5 years ago-Spring 2003-(sheesh time flies) I started learning php and wrote myself a very rudimentary blog system nearly purely from scratch with simple text files I uploaded and parsed... It was fun, and was fitting into the site I was working on at the time... That was my senior year in HS and then I went off to College 1st semester worked on it some but not really I had too many things to do... This summer I get a good job... ponder the decision and decide the time has come to get my own domain name... http://www.digitalsneeze.com" [incredibly underconstruction]

Suddenly my interest and activities in webprogramming, php and programming in general skyrocket once again and I have a million and one ideas... I start a phpbb2 forum among tons of other ideas, I start reading my friends ljs more and more and I realize that my old blog just doesnt cut it and that I might as well add another project: an lj interface from my site...

What I am planning to do: modify my forums such that there is a section for the user's lj have the site fecth the data from the journal, have it parse the data and present it as i choose, and of course I cant take the easy route and just have the RSS feed... though I may still use it... I think I want to implement posting, editing, commenting, maybe friends as well. I am a big fan of php and what I have googled on the topic leads me invariably to this community, (along with livejournal pages pointing here) or to XML-RPC

What I am wondering is whether there are any packages already written that will fetch the data for php I know there are some that will do this for perl but well my knowledge of that is what I have learned while rapidly hacking towards an AIM bot (project also started this summer) I have also googled and found http://phpxmlrpc.sourceforge.net/ but what concerns me is the seeming lack of work on that project... That and also http://finalstand.archsysinc.com/ but this last will have to serve as a starting point unless i hear otherwise due to its current state of development.

Well at this point I have written a good amount and so I am going to stop... heh Sorry about that, this is actually my first non-comment post on LJ and if this project goes well, then it will definitely not be the last... (I actually intend to put my first post in right after this :D )

[my name:] Frederic Barthelemy
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