The Blog Before Version 1.3

It's been a good couple of months for me. My first venture into open source programming has convinced my wife to see the light and now she thinks I should do more of this. Previously she would not let me do anything but commercial work on the side, because programming does mean I must take time away from my wife and children, but the popularity of pgst has meant that I just might see a donation potential here and yet I can put the software out as is, fix it little by little, get great advice from people, learn from splinter projects off mine, and also prevent my phone ringing from tech support requests. She sees a lot of benefit in that. I have just set up donations on my project site.

Meanwhile, I have been working on a pgst that works in Fedora Core 2, which has a slightly modified Python than RH9. The bug fixes for this are described in the bugs link if you want to make the minor changes yourself, but I am working on integrating this and some other minor changes. At my day job, an employee whom I manage is using pgst everyday and loves it, finding it far easier to use than other PostgreSQL tools.

A big problem for me is time. My day job is in IT operations and is very demanding most weekdays and often on the weekends, unfortunately. This prevents me from getting fresh pgst releases out like I would like. I wish I could just mail the code I have currently to a friend and have him go through the hoops to make the zip and post the project, or to make RPMs. It certainly isn't easy to do that in the latest release of this Sourceforge website.

Last, I want to share something I just discovered. I have not tried out these RPMs, but I am pleased that someone who calls himself DAG has made RPMs for various RedHats and other Linuxes. He has included pgst as well, to my surprise. This was the best flattery I've had in awhile! :) His links are here:

http://dag.wieers.com/packages/
http://dag.wieers.com/packages/pgst/

Last, there is a splinter project from someone in Europe that borrows just a little from my pgst project. It is called pgWorksheet and it is very recent. The author of that project is a friendly person with good advice and good ideas.

Mike McKee (pgst creator)

Posted by Mike McKee 2004-11-12