Officially stuck

May 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm 1 comment

After last week’s eventful demo, Eran continued his work on the python plugin, while Geoffrey and I have been trying (fruitlessly) to setup a WebObejcts development environment and get Web-CAT to build. While our original goal of building just a plugin for Eclipse still stands, it seemed a “good” idea to breed ourselves a copy of the feline, in order to figure out how does the grading component talk to the WebObjects backend. Since we have few clues about the existence of a protocol to make database queries (pulling down student assignments + uploading grading info), such a mechanism may need to be added to the server if not already present. Furthermore, judging from the feedback we received from the demo, there are no shortage of rough edges in the system that we can certainly polish if there is time.

After two days, at this point, we are officially stuck. Numerous installation guides for Mac/PC were followed and my Eclipse crashed and restarted every 15 minutes, but in the end the WOLips plugin just can’t build and run a project properly. It’s likely that webObject installation on ubuntu is at fault, but no way to tell at the moment.

Looking forward to the meeting with Stephen Edwards.

p.s. if he has no idea then we are truly hopeless


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  • 1. Greg Wilson  |  May 21, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Stephen warned us that getting WebObjects set up for developed is insanely difficult—if you don’t really really need it, it’s probably a distraction you should avoid.


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