Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bug fix for HTML and XML versions; Dashboard widget

I fixed an off-by-one bug in the HTML and iGoogle (XML) versions which caused the wrong date to be printed for the start of the next masechet. Not sure how I missed it as I see that text all the time! Updated versions are available from the download links in the sidebar.

Also in the new-money-for-old-rope department, a Mac OS X Dashboard widget version. It's ugly, but that's what happens when you paste your code into the "Hello World" example. If someone out there wants to make it pretty, I'll be happy to take a patch.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Daf Yomi for my webpage

Boy, that was easy. I just pasted the HTML version into my blog sidebar, and voila. I'll link up the plain-HTML version, so you can do it too. Enjoy.

Daf Yomi for your webpage

I ported my Daf Yomi calculator to Javascript, so you can use it in a webpage. In the releases box is a link to a version you can use with Google's "iGoogle" custom homepage. That XML file contains all the necessary code, so if you want to include it in your own webpage, it's pretty trivial to do.

Next stop, a Dashboard widget. What's stopping me here is mostly my lack of motivation to make it pretty, and Dashboard widgets are supposed to look nice. OTOH, I figure if it works in Dashboard, it will likely be usable on the iPhone when it comes out. If someone wants to step up to the plate and turn this into a Dashboard widget, I'll be glad to host it here.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Daf 1.0 release

Announcing the first release of Daf, my Daf Yomi calendar calculator for Palm OS. Its been tested on the Tungsten T2, the Palm TX, and the Palm m515; it should work on any PalmOS 3.5 or later unit.

From the README:

Daf is a perpetual Daf Yomi calendar. Daf Yomi is a learning program whereby you learn a "daf" or folio of the Babylonian Talmud each day. The cycle completes in about seven and a half years. Daf Yomi was started in 1923 by Rabbi Mair Shapiro. You can read more about it at the Wikipedia entry.

Daf is a _perpetual_ calendar, which means that it will tell you the daf for just about any day you want. Unliked other calendars that only tell you the schedule for the current cycle, Daf lets you truly plan ahead.

Daf is free under the terms of the GPLv2.

There are links on the sidebar to the .zip and .tar.gz files. Each contain the prc file, source code, a README, and a handy copy of the GPL.