(This page is of historical interest only. The scheme articulated here was further developed in summer 2002 as Pirarucu, and elaborated in early 2003 by Skip's development of SnipIt.)
2 June 2001
I've been thinking about a means to provide an easy interface for a Database to handle the gathering and then organizing and maintaining the gallimaufry of citations and references and URLs and bits of thought that tumble through wetware. There's a mailto form that serves for the moment as a preliminary to the building of an .asp/Access version.
Last week I messed with .asp with Tom and Skip's help and built a prototype via personal web server for a Science Reference management tool: http://126.96.36.199/accumulator/refForm.asp
I think this is probably generalizable in a number of ways, one being Skip's idea for 'Penny Drops':
Let me elaborate on this the wonderful idea of a 'penny drops' web page. you know... 'every once a penny drops and I have a good idea' that's the kind of penny drop I'm referring to. The penny drop interface that you have been designing for the science library meets this description. Got a good idea? drop it on a web page, got a bit of information? drop it. Spruce this interface up with a method to add images and wee wow! Online journal, collaboration tool, common place book. The secret here is to add the 'pennys' to an HTML page instead of a database, making them visible to search engines. (15 June)I've been working on http://188.8.131.52/accumulator/cacheForm.asp but it hangs with
Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80004005'Probably something very obvious...
[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver]Error in row
/accumulator/cache.asp, line 44
Yup. At the moment both work so long as all fields are filled in. If one isn't there's an error message:
[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver]Error in row...which suggests that something has to allow null value for a field.
Tom helped out with relevant code:
if not(strEmail="") thenand now they work
objRec("Email") = strEmail
Both cache and ref versions are now working, thanks to Skip's help...