Week 7: June 29 - July 5
- On Monday, the OHM team had our monthly Google Hangout (which I have learned is the first Tuesday of the month). The very sketchy notes are posted online.
- At the Hangout, I was introduced to a new resource: the design prototypes for Wikimaps search. I'm pouring over them today. In fact, I spent an inordinate amount of time reading new material and going through archives to catch up. At every Hangout or meeting, I come across more terms and talking points that leave me confused. I'm filling in the gaps. My reading list has included:
- reports on Zurich Hackathon
- the Wikimaps Search Design page above
- more on vector rendering of tiles in preparation for my next steps
- RfC for How to Deal with Open Datasets
- Overview of Wikimaps
- I am getting most anxious about continuing to work on my own branch of the OHM for so long. I would like to push to Master soon, but I need a better-working demo before I do so.
- I've been spending a lot of time there attempting to craft an appropriate request to get something other than a doctored error message to appear on the site when searching by year.
- The most excellent Frances Hocutt introduced me to the Wikidata API Sandbox. It is proving quite helpful. APIs are a whole new world to me.
- To appease my anxiety, I submitted a pull request with my most up-to-date code.
Week 8: July 6 - July 13
- And the code I've written was deemed not yet ready for prime time - it only works halfway at this point. I will resubmit after I get the code up to production standard.
- After some useful feedback on the importance of submitting a pull request with only one commit (and some pointers to how-to's on rebasing to make that happen) and the helpfulness of of including *lots* of screenshots showing the software in action, I closed the pull request.
- I've installed the "better_errors" gem to try to assist with errors like this - it will presumably be triggered if it is a true Rails error
- Screenshots of my progress so far are on GitHub. Searching by year (2008 and 2009) will bring up the Burning Man map layers for those years and recenter the map to that area. Searching by any other year brings up with message that this is a work in progress. (It no longer crashes the map and brings up the dreaded Rails error screen, so there's some progress there!)