[clug] Open Source Project Management
robert at thorsby.com.au
Thu Aug 6 21:10:31 MDT 2009
On 07/08/09 12:40:24, Ian McLeod wrote:
> What I want is just something basic at home
> - you buy some furniture or a TV or even a
> hard drive - you use invisible ink or the
> serial number or a pack of barcode numbers or
> whatever, scan it in, and a Python script or
> similar allows you to enter all the details
> and it gets filed away and backed up offsite
> to a Gmail Drive or whatever you want.
What you have described is *very* elementary and just about anything in
the way of a real application is overkill.
Since you mentioned earlier that you were learning bash scripting, why
not use a shell script (using one of the dialogs -- Xdialog for
preference -- or, even better, kaptain, for your data input) to create
a flatfile. If you enclose all fields in quotes (even null entries) you
can use awk to parse and interrogate all you like.
I dare say it can even be done in python. :-)
A csv flatfile has no overhead or dependencies, and is almost
indestructible. Why bother with anything more complicated.
Q: What's tiny and yellow and very, very, dangerous?
A: A canary with the superuser password.
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