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Saturday, January 17, 2004

Cartweaver 2.4.3

Back in late October, we launched Cartweaver 2. It has been an incredible few months since. Cartweaver is selling in record numbers, and I couldn't be more excited about it. This version is such a gigantic improvement over Cartweaver 1, and that's no marketing hype either.

If you haven't heard of Cartweaver yet, it is a ColdFusion shopping cart and adminstration area built specifically to be compatible with Dreamweaver MX and Dreamweaver MX 2004. The biggest changes in this version are the improved database, choice of 3 different ways to display products, a complete PDF user's manual that's nearly 100 pages, and the Cartweaver 2 extension suite.

My role in all of this is primarily extension development. My other work includes CSS, help documentation, the Cartweaver site and first level support on the Cartweaver newsgroup.

Back in May of 2003, Dan, Lawrence and I met in San Francisco and began working together on Cartweaver 2. (Lawrence had already begun, but Dan and I joined in at that time.) Over the next few months we worked daily and we're all very proud of the outcome.

I can't explain just how proud I am of the Cartweaver 2 extension suite especially. I've put my heart and soul into building these extensions, from creating the icons pixel by pixel in Fireworks to writing the HTML and JavaScript in Dreamweaver. I even built a couple of translators which required me to use HomeSite because Dreamweaver would try and translate my code and corrupt it. All in all it has been a great learning experience for me. I've become a much better programer because of my work on Cartweaver 2.

I would be remiss to not thank Massimo Foti and Danilo Celic for giving me permission to use a few of their functions, saving me the time to build my own. I must also thank Tom Muck for pushing me in the right direction on more than one occasion, helping me get over the code writer's block. Last but not least, a special thanks goes to Dan for inspiring some damn cool array code and showing me the way. Thanks guys!

Anyhow, enough rambling from me. If you have any questions or comments about Cartweaver 2 and/or my work on the project I'd be happy to hear from you.

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Monday, January 12, 2004

No, the Other One

Preface: Gaetano will oftern refuse an item insisting on having "the other one". He'll cry and whine until he gets it too.

Me: Why is it that kids will want another thing that is identical to the one they have, instead of the one they already have?

Dan: Cause he's a toddler, and he has micro-difference vision. You lose that around 4 or 5.

Conclusion: I think Dan may be right. :-)

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Monday, January 5, 2004

Bone Scan

Good news; the bone scan came back negative. Bad news is, I still have no idea what's caused the calcification on my ribs and the slew of other recent health problems.

I'm scheduled to see the doctor on Friday to discuss what we can do at this point. He's at a loss for ideas at the moment. My big question for him is how concerned I should be about the calcium, and what long term problems can it cause me. What should I expect might happen? I'd rather be prepared and informed.

I'll certainly keep the blog updated. Thanks to all of you who have expressed your concern both here and privately.

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