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Sunday, August 30, 2009
LibWowArmory 0.2 beta
Posted: 7:22:00 PM 0 comments
I finally got around to updating LibWowArmory to include not only the latest changes to the Armory's XML data, but now it also includes information about reputation, achievements, statistics, and character calendar information.

It's taken me 8 months to go from one version to the next, and with all the bouncing around I do on projects, it's really no surprise that it takes me forever to do these kind of things. Although I do have plans to add guild and arena team information, I doubt that's going to come around for a while, unless someone offers some help with the project.

Next on the plate for me? Something to replace trac...

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Thursday, August 27, 2009
LibWowArmory coming along slowly
Posted: 4:55:00 PM 0 comments
I've been spending a lot of time with LibWowArmory lately, largely because the current version is broken due to 3.2 Armory changes. My two main goals are to finish off the character data (I have 3 tabs left), and create a demo application.

Well, today I finished the demo application with all of the existing data I have. It's basically a command line version of the Armory, a 2,339-lines-of-code monster that took way longer than I had hoped it would. Of course, that's because over half of that has to do with the Item Search feature. It's crazy because of all the filters that exist.

What irks me about that, though, is that the Armory is a version behind on some of the filters. For instance, there is no filter for Emblems of Triumph yet. Because of the erratic updating they do to their own website, I've actually been thinking of making an app that downloads some .xml data, compares versions, and alerts me when there has been changes.

There's just so much I want to do programmatically with WoW, but I just don't have time to make it all happen at once. Sometimes I wish I had help on these things, but finding interested developers that are committed to help is a problem that's tough to solve.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Yahoo! Pipes
Posted: 12:34:00 PM 0 comments
While I was on my honeymoon, I discovered Yahoo! Pipes, which is an interesting feed aggregation service. The nice thing about it is that it has super advanced features that allow you to do things like, well, this.

The premise is simple, just display the last 5 achievements earned by the player in question. But since the data is coming from an XML page, a lot needs to be done to format it into a feed.

The original version of this was found for th EU servers, I just modified it to be compatible with the US servers. But the possibilities appear to be endless. Worth a try if you like tinkering with data.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Out With the Old and In With the New
Posted: 11:13:00 PM 0 comments
First of all, my apologies if this post comes across strangely. I've decided to ditch LifeCast since it can no longer connect to Blogger. Instead, I am using something called Pingle. There doesn't appear to be any obvious place to put a title, so I will fix it if it breaks.

this will allow me to also post to Twitter, so I may begin to actually use twitter.com/roncli for micro-blogging. We shall see.

In any case, off for some sleep, there's a long day of Blizzcon ahead of me tomorrow.

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