- Author: Bryon J. Noel
The other day Dave walked into my office to show me how if someone used a "%" sign in the blogs the text after the percent sign was mangled and not right. This weird anomaly puzzled me as everything else came out correctly. After looking into this a little while I found one of our security filters was mangling the text and needed to be fixed.
You may be asking yourself, "A security filter on a blog why is that needed?" Programmers can be mischievous and enjoy a good challenge of finding ways of doing things that computers were not meant to do. For example, by adding a simple comment with some special coding to a story, comment, blog,...
Now that the Simple Grant System (SGS) is complete, I'm back on task with the Grant Tracking System (GTS). The GTS is to the SGS as Physics is to Psychics.
Simplicity and transparency are replaced with detailed questions about every aspect of the grant proposal. This data is then run through a gauntlet of reviewers from various levels within the administrative structure.
The proposal can be promoted or returned at each level, making the entire tracking process extremely complex. Additionally, two proposals might have completely different routes of approval. *sigh*
Right now, the GTS is 80% done. There's some big-time reporting that needs to be created in order for the system...
Yesterday, Karl and I finished up the Simple Grant System and moved it to our real Web server. This qualifies as a bona fide launch. Of course, the system is totally unknown to 99.9 percent of the division (yes, dear readers, you make up the meager .1 percent of the division that is "in the know").
One of the people who's needs we considered while designing the system was contacted and is excited to use it... next year. Oh well, that'll give us time to put bugs in that we can then work out.
Here's a couple of screen captures of the system. The first is the main page, a list of all grants in the system and any specifics things to which the user is tied. The second is the main proposal page where...
It's Friday, our deadline for completing the beta version of the new ANR Simple Grant System. Of course, our beta versions just happen to also be final versions, so I expect we'll roll this out to the masses next week.
We'll be moving the site to production today, meaning it'll be off our test server and onto the live, everyone uses it, server. What chaos will come of such a transition? I eagerly wait to see.
Karl and I will be congratulating ourselves tonight with a round of chest bumps and several rounds of Call of Duty 4 online. I expect that my enthusiasm for completing the SGS will be mutilated by my poor performance in the game.
- Author: Karl Krist
The Web Action Team is workin on something new this week- we are building a 'Simple Grant System.'
The idea is to allow different units in the division to run a SIMPLE grant submission/review process that is better than what is possible with the surveys. Initially we are targeting RREA and REC RACs.
Also- we're trying a new buddy system with this project. Dave and Karl are both working on this from different starting points. We hope to meet in the middle by Friday.
(Possible logos for new project)
In other news, Call of Duty 4 was released today. If Dave, Karl, Bryon or Blaine call in sick any time this week we know why.