News for August 2010

2010.08.24 (Tuesday) :: JLookUp2 Progress Report.
In case anyone cares, JLookUp2 is progressing very well; the core library now has full support for everything except:
  • English searching
  • Kanji lookup from search results
  • Radical lookup for kanji
Extra features, however, include full filtering abilities on the parts-of-speech tokens, searchable result sets, and a library to link against.

Up next on the list of things to do are the items listed above, in that order. Once those are done, I'm going to investigate throwing a Qt GUI around the library and putting out some alpha Linux releases for testing.

Here's the current CLI help screen.
Usage:
   jlookup2 [<option>[ ...]] <command>

<command> may be:
   list {dictionaries|parts-of-speech}
   search <search-text>

<option> may include:
       --help               | Show this help and exit.
(When using <command> = 'search')
       --convert-to-kana    | Convert the search text to kana before searching.
       --match-all-info     | All of the info filters must be matched.
       --no-convert-to-kana | Do not convert the search text to kana before searching.
       --no-match-all-info  | Not all of the info filters must be matched.
   -o  --output <format>    | Change the result output format.  <format> may be 'text' or 'xml'.
       --search-common      | Search only for common text.
       --search-defaults    | Shortcut for --search-kana, --search-word.
       --search-fuzzy       | Perform a fuzzy search.
       --search-ignore-case | Ignore case (especially kana) when searching.
       --search-info <abbr> | Add this abbreviation to the list of abbreviations to match.
       --search-kana        | Search for the text in the kana.
       --search-meaning     | Search for the text in the meaning(s).
       --search-uncommon    | Search only for uncommon text.
       --search-wildcard    | Search using the wildcards '?' and '*'.
       --search-word        | Search for the text in the word.

Examples:
   To search for the word 'iku' ('to go'),
      jlookup2 search 'iku'
   To search for words with 'iku' anywhere in them,
      jlookup2 search '*iku*'
   To limit that search to nouns,
      jlookup2 search '*iku*' --searach-info 'n'
   To list the parts of speech available for searching,
      jlookup2 list parts-of-speech

2010.08.01 (Sunday) :: 5-year hiatus over.
Hello, everyone! It looks like five years ago (exactly) I promised JLookUp2 for Linux and Windows.

As you can see, I have pretty much disappeared for those five years. Real life, a real job, and a real wife have interrupted my foray into the JLookUp world. At this stage, however, I have recommenced work on the true JLookUp2, a complete rewrite of everything that was JLookUp.

The first step will be a library called "libjlookup", followed by a command-line application for Linux. After that will be a Linux Qt GUI for it, followed by a port to Windows.

I'm back.

Plus a bonus image to prove that I am actually doing something:
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