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--PJF (talk) 10:48, 3 Mar 2005 (EST)


Internal vs External links

G'day Alec,

Thanks for all your contributions to PerlNet so far. Keep up the great work!

However I thought I should mention an important difference between internal links and external links. MediaWiki uses two sets of brackets for internal links (eg, back to the Main Page), but only one set of brackets for external links (eg, to Perl Training Australia).

If you try to use two sets of brackets around an external link, you'll find that the second set appear in the text, [like this link to use.perl]. You can edit this section to see the wiki markup that created it, which may be educational.

Thanks again for your contributions. If you have any questions or feedback, then feel free to let me know.

All the very best,

--PJF (talk) 14:33, 3 Mar 2005 (EST)

Reference to PTA Material

G'day Alec,

I'm glad that you think that our course notes are so useful. I've adjusted the link to point to our general notes page, rather than to the specific PDF. Direct links to our notes get intercepted by an AccessHandler which promptly redirects the browser to our deep linking page. We want people to be able to download our notes, but we don't want them to be ignorant of the other notes that are available, or of our other services and training courses.


--PJF (talk) 13:51, 6 Mar 2005 (EST)

Thanks for all your hard work / Edit Summary

G'day Alec,

I just wanted to say a quick thank-you for all your contributions and hard work. It's clear that you've put considerable time into PerlNet, and I wanted you to know that your efforts are appreciated.

I do have a small favour to ask. At the bottom of most pages there's an edit summary box. This allows you to record a short comment of your changes, and this appears in the summaries detailed in the Recentchanges and Watchlist pages, as well as the RSS/ATOM feeds that users can subscribe to.

By recording information in the summary box, it makes it easier for editors and visitors to see what is being changed, and also makes it easier to spot subtle changes such as punctuation, layout, or spelling changes that can be difficult to spot using history diffs.

Once again, thanks for all your hard work. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how we can continue to best improve PerlNet, please let me know.

All the very best,

--PJF (talk) 00:45, 23 Mar 2005 (EST)

Talk links on signatures

The talk links on signatures is a kludge I picked up from Wikipedia. Follow the Preferences link, and enter as your alias something similar to the following:

 PJF]] [[User_talk:PJF|<sup>(talk)</sup>

Mediawiki usually formats signatures in the form of [[User:Username|Nickname]]. However when the nickname is replaced with a signature like the one above, you end up with:

 [[User:PJF|PJF]] [[User_talk:PJF|<sup>(talk)</sup>]]

(nickname text shown in blue).

It's definitely not elegant, but it does work.  ;)


--PJF (talk) 00:08, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)

Lets see if that works

Alec (talk) 06:32, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)


It looks like this first attempt was almost right, except that it goes to my talk page instead of yours.  ;) The code is quite sensitive to spaces. There can't be any spaces before the pipe in [[User_talk:Alecclews|...]], even though they make the code more visually appealing.
--PJF (talk) 08:11, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)

Bug Fix!

Actually there was a small bugget. Let's try again.

Alec (talk) 06:38, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)

Na! Still not working :-(

Lets try again -- first using Paul's code

PJF (talk) 13:25, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)

OK -- that works, just points to the wrong user

Now we'll try again using my ID

Alec (talk) 13:27, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)

Nop :-(. I'm guessing my name is too long


G'day Alec,

When Wikipedia sees a link on a page to that page, it emboldens the text of the link rather than showing it as a link. Thus, since this is your talk page, testing that you are able to create a link to this page should probably be done elsewhere. Otherwise it will just be bold, which is what you're seeing.

In summary, the text you need to use in your Nickname box is:

  Alec]] [[User_talk:Alecclews|(talk)

try this out in the Sandbox or in a return message to me, and you should see that it works.

Jarich (talk) 01:48, 14 January 2006 (EST)

School report

G'day Alec,

Just a quick note that I've moved your school report to User:Alecclews/School report. My goal is for anything within the main namespace of the wiki to be of general interest, and (if at all possible) understandable to laypeople. By placing the page under your namespace instead, it's very easy to see to whom the code belongs, and where visitors can go to find out more.

I've also got a few hints on the code itself that you may find useful, but I'll post those on the code's talk page.

All the very best,

--PJF (talk) 09:23, 10 Apr 2005 (EST)

Melbourne Perl Monger members

G'day Alec,

If you're a Melbourne Perl Monger member (which I think you are), you might want to add the following line to the bottom of your talk page:

[[Category:Melbourne.PM Users]]

This adds you to the list of members.

Jarich (talk) 02:00, 14 January 2006 (EST)

Linux Laptops

G'day Alec,

Just in case you lost my list of urls when you left IRC. (I pulled these from various Linux User Group posts). For what it's worth there are a lot of people using various Dell laptops with Linux very successfully. At the last SAGE-AU conference, I'd say 45% were Apple laptops, and another 45% were Dells.

Linux Installed on Laptop

OS-less laptops

Suggested laptops etc

Other reading

http://www.cooltechzone.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1341 (HP are looking to support Ubuntu on various models)

A test post

--Alec [[User_talk:Alecclews|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 14:15, 13 July 2007 (EST)

> As CODA has no support for Perl shouldn't it go under text editors, or even be removed as it's designed for web developers?

Hi Alec,

Coda does have support for Perl and a dozen other scripting/markup languages including Ruby, Python, PHP, etc. It integrates SubEthaEdit (which is already listed under editors) with a CSS Editor + Terminal + FTP + site preview etc.

Would definitely categorise it as a web development IDE... different from many traditional software IDEs (more focus on html + css versus code debugging/refactoring), but this isn't necessarily a bad thing for some workflows ;-)


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