Legacy Projects

This is where my dead software projects go. I’m not entirely sure why I want to keep them around. Hoarding tendencies, I suspect. These are mostly ancient. Nothing here is currently maintained. These projects taught me a lot, but they don’t reflect my current programming chops.

Adobe Captivate Widgets

For a time, I was really into Adobe Captivate, which I used for creating online software classes. I was even on the beta team for the Mac OS X version of the product. Captivate gave me the ability to create demonstrations and (more importantly) simulations to walk people through arcane ERP software, among other things. Over time, I came to no longer need the ability to create simulations. Demos were good enough. And Captivate is an expensive tool if you only need are demos. So, these days, I use ScreenFlow.

You could extend Captivate by creating widgets in ActionScript, which is just a flavor of JavaScript, and I got into that for a while. Those still live on their own separate pages:

Wheatblog App

My first jump into blogging was via Blogger, way back before Google bought it. I liked the app a lot, but, after a week of really bad downtime, I decided to write my own blog app. This gave me an excuse to learn PHP and MySQL. And, because I was excited about the open source movement, I hosted it at SourceForge. It eventually attracted a few really talented developers, and the last version we put out (and the even better version, still in the CVS repository), was pretty good. But, during the time we were working on it, WordPress came to the fore, and we all got busy with other things. I transitioned my own blog to WordPress, and neither of the other developers blog these days. The last release was version 1.1 (7/30/2006).


Another early open source, PHP/MySQL app, Showlister was something I put together to help maintain the gig calendar of a band in which I was the bassist. For a time, it was popular, attracting all manner of bands, public speakers, fan sites, traveling preachers, and even some car club enthusiasts. As with WheatBlog App, I hosted it at SourceForge. And, as with WheatBlog App, the best version is the unreleased and still unfinished one in the CVS. The last release was version 0.5b (12/15/2004).

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