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dsh


Jul 11, 2004, 11:09 AM

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I've spent several days trying to get the hang of the new software. It's a pretty big pain in the butt, it seems to me, and so far I haven't come across any explanation of why we're all dealing with this nuisance.


motet
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Jul 11, 2004, 1:41 PM

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Darcy,

From a technical point of view, the motet software we were using was a closed source software. In other words, even if you had the knowledge to re-write the code, you didn't have the ability. To make changes, corrections or improvements in motet you had to hire Bryan Higgins to come in and do the recoding.

Not so for Gossamer. Jason can and has made substantial changes in the administrative and patron options simply by overwriting the existing code. I know he can explain this better than I can and I 'm sure he'll do that when he logs back in.


(This post was edited by motet on Jul 11, 2004, 1:42 PM)


jason
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Jul 11, 2004, 4:14 PM

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I've spent several days trying to get the hang of the new software. It's a pretty big pain in the butt, it seems to me, and so far I haven't come across any explanation of why we're all dealing with this nuisance.


Dana's right. The current software was chosen primarily because we can completely customize it. It also has the advantages of having virtually no space limitations, supporting both flat (Motet-like) and threaded use at the user's option, and being fully portable. It's portability is a key issue. As long as we kept using Motet, we didn't even have the option of changing Web hosts.

As to what prompted the timing of the change, it was our Web host. They performed an upgrade on our Web server that rendered Motet inoperative. That's why it went down so unceremoniously just before the Memorial Day weekend (along with every other interactive function on our site).

Rather than put ourselves back into a limited, single-source situation, or leave The Speakeasy down permanently, we chose to change software.


rschoedel
Robert Schoedel

Jul 11, 2004, 4:49 PM

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Jason, your explanation of the situation that forced the timing of the change, and your selection of the form of the change are both reasonable. I wish you had posted them at the time you brought the system online again.

I confess to a suspicion of ulterior motives that is now dispelled.

Bob


dsh


Jul 15, 2004, 10:39 AM

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Thanks.


evesapple



Mar 9, 2005, 2:46 PM

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I don't know how many changes P&W has made to the forum since the last time I was here maybe 3 or more years ago. At that time the forum was not user friendly. I like this forum better.

Eve


"Imagination rules the world, let the universe speak to you" SR

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