German Perl Workshop Day 1

The 6th German Perl Workshop started today. I'm giving a talk on Curses::UI this afternoon and I'm currently (more or less) listening to Leo's Parrot talk.

I'm a little bit out of sleep but I think that will get worse. We had a early arrivals dinner jesterday and Jos told me that I now can do a clean rewrite of C::S::C because CPANPLUS 0.050 will change everything.

All in all its a nice starting day.

Money Transfer

OK, there are a few things in our globalised/online world which really annoy me:

How it should be: I go to my home-banking page/the page of the german postal service/some other well known service, give my Credit Card and can make a Money Order for about 440 CAN$ to the place where I want to sleep in August.

How it is:
I burned an hour in searching for some hint how to do it and I don't know any more than before.

argh

Time Machine

I just stumbled over this page.
It's one of my first homepages and I really forgot that it existed. Thanks to my old friend google, I know now what I was up to almost 6 (!) years ago.

Ok, I was young (16), played a lot with Delphi, didn't care about free software and used MS FrontPage Express 2.0 (guess it came with some Internet Explorer) to create the page. I had a good laugh about myself.

Best is that I can still log in….

DTD to …. whatever

Sometimes it's quite hard to get some information and/or usefull free software out there.

I've been spending about an hour now to find something to generate

a) a usefull tree view out of a DTD file.

b) something that generates input forms (or something like that) out of a DTD file.

I found nothing appropriate! The only thing I found for a) is called Matra and creates ASCII trees! And it doesn't resolve multiple elements that point to the same subelement. Not that nice.

b) is even more pain. I expected some nice piece of software that I can feed a DTD file and that creates at least some nice GUI style input wizards or active html pages in whatever language but I found plain nothing! It's all there in the DTD file, why write your own software to create valid XML from that def?

The internet is to small and there are not enough free software people out there to serve my needs 🙂