Panama, 2017

Posted on Dec 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

I spent a little over a week down in Panama this month. As always, here are a few pictures from the trip. That little beauty shown to the left is a crowned woodnymph. I saw a great number of them.

Very birdy place. 226 species seen, 122 lifers. Highlights: 3 more motmots (rufous, broad-billed, whooping), 3 more manakins (white-ruffed, blue-crowned, golden-collared), black-chested jay, tropical screech owl, black and white owl, emerald, bay-headed, tawny-crested and silver-throated tanagers, spot-crowned barbet, blue cotinga, blue dacnis, shining honeycreeper, great tinamou, plain antvireo, russet antshrike, fasciated antshrike, green shrike-vireo, moustached antwren, streak-chested antpitta, yellow-eared toucanet, stripe-cheeked woodpecker, tawny capped euphonia and… bay-breasted and mourning warblers (at last).

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Dec 2017, project updates

Posted on Dec 3, 2017 in Ace-diff, birdsearch.org, Form Tools, Open Source Projects | 0 comments

Long time no post! I’m en route to Panama for a quick birding trip so I’m taking a hiatus from my open source work. Quick summary of where we stand with some of them:

birdsearch.org. This project has been pretty much unchanged since the first Beta release, but it was always pretty solid. I’d love to make a few improvements to both the architecture and feature list but so few people actually use the script I can’t justify the time. It’s a pity – I personally use the site daily to track bird sightings all over the place (such as the locations I’ll be visiting in Panama!) – but time is time.

Form Tools. This has been occupying the vast bulk of my time the most this past year. The Form Tools 3 alpha is coming along well: only 7 more modules to update, plus the API, plus a whole lotta testing. I’ve posted that I was hoping to get it into Beta by January and make it the standard build by the following month. That may have been a little optimistic (the Form Builder module update has taken an eon) but I don’t think it’ll be far off. We’ll see.

d3pie.org. Sadly fallen into neglect. Recently a chap offered to take over maintenance of ace-diff – another one of my older, less-maintained libs – I’m rather hoping someone will offer to do the same for d3pie. It’s a cool little script, but in dire need of a maintainer.

Anyway. Off to bird.

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Donation process change

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in generatedata.com, Open Source Projects | 0 comments

Hi! Just a heads up that I’ve made a small change to the generatedata.com donation process which will affect anyone who’s recently donated. If you’ve donated and find that the link in your email to finish setting up your account isn’t working, please email me at ben.keen@gmail.com and I’ll help out.

Sorry for the fuss!

Ben

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Form Tools 3 alpha!

Posted on Sep 24, 2017 in Form Tools, Open Source Projects | 0 comments

Last weekend I release a new alpha version of the next major release of Form Tools. This has been a loooong time in coming, hoo boy.

All code is on github.

At this point, only the Core, System Check module and Classic Grey theme are FT3 compatible, but that list should be expanding pretty fast.

But FIRST I need to get that upgrade script back online! I hoped to work on this weekend but had to patch an issue with generatedata instead.

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