Thursday, October 30, 2008

Treatise handed in...

Picking up the treatise from world of print and looking at it, the treatise cloth bound made me feel a sense of great accomplishment.

I handed both copies (1 black and white, and 1 colour) this afternoon.

All I need to do is to record that video for my presentation now.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thesis Cloth Binding

After calling up the university copy centre, officeworks, kwik kopy, and kinkos with no luck. I finally found a place called world of print, the fastest they can do cloth binding is thursday.

But after calling Dr. Calvo, he said if I hand it in on thursday I won't lose any marks. I was relieved :)

Went to world of print at ultimo this afternoon and now it's just a waiting game.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Treatise finished...

Finally, I've finished writing my treatise and had a few of my friends proof read it.

All that is left is to print and bind, as well as burn the cd.

Hope binding doesn't take a long time.

Monday, October 20, 2008

'by URL' Idea

After looking into possible ways of using MATLAB, I realised there's not a real advantage of using it for visualisation as it slows down a user's search process and doesn't really add much value to the web application.

Therefore, I've decided to populate the 'url' field with the program id's of each news story. That way, when you use the 'by URL' filtering algorithm, it chronologically sorts the program id's for you so you'll be able to have a rough idea of how a particular news story progresses.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Due date approaching fast!

Still need to tie a a few loose ends with handling mySQL exceptions.

Haven't had time to look at Matlab yet.

Spoke with a couple of friends about binding the treatise, it costs about $35/book. That should be ok.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

IDEA: Matlab for Visualisation

I was just reading some of my notes that i've took from the meetings that i've had with Dr. Calvo and he suggested looking into the possibility of using Matlab to display clustered information.

I totally forgot about this cool idea, so if I have time later next week i'll research into it.

I hope i'll have enough time as this would further enhance my project.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

mySQL connection pool?

After speaking to the guys from the carrot2 project (Dawid Weiss and Stanislaw Osinski), they have advised me since this is a production-level code/project, it is probably best if I implement some kind of sql connection pool.

That way database connections can be handled properly in a threaded/enterprise environment.

So I took a look around the net, and since I was using the MySQL Connector/J Driver to connect to the database, in their documentation I found:

It has some sample code for creating a connection pool. I'm not sure if I have enough time to implement it, but we'll see :)