Month: November 2006

XML Uses in Finance

As custom solution provider, it is important to have common interchange formats that work across projects. The key uses of XML in present world finance includes format for report dissemination (XBRL, RIXML), transactions (FpML, FIX), and market data exchange (MDDL). A model optimizer can be fed with MDDL feeds, generating current parameter set used to […]

Google Calendar/Outlook 2003/ScheduleWorld

Since Google Calendar’s debut in April, the burning issue for many has always been Outlook synchronization. I keep 2 separate calendar on GCal, personal and work. And I mainly want a 1-way update, having the events in my office Outlook account appearing in the ‘work’ calendar on GCal.

Most of the early success story has been with a free software called RemoteCalendar, which is supposed to do 2-way sync. The RC never worked for me, mainly because it cannot operate behind the corporate firewall. There are now a few commercial solutions on the market, and I was tempted to spend $29 if it works well.

But today, I came across “this method”: which use “ScheduleWorld”: as intermedium. SW sync with Outlook with a “desktop application,”: and sync with GCal webservice style. The manual sync works as advertised, and in a day I should know how the scheduled sync performs.

This has another advantage over RM in that repeated events are supported.

GCal after synch

Drupal 5.0 Beta

“Drupal 5.0 Beta 1”: was released a few days ago. For me, this marks an important step for site maintainer. Not only the web-based installation system is now as easy as the famous 5-minute installation of WordPress, the module dependency system and module un-install system is much welcomed.

As the year is not 2004 and I haven’t contribute anything to Drupal for a long time, I am going to wait it out this time for a release candidate before using it on However, the copy of beta1 I’m now running on my test box seems to work very well.

So, how long before the first RC? The answer might be 3 months, going by recent history for 4.7 release:

* Beta 1 : 8 December 2005
* Beta 2 : 16 December 2005 – 50 bugs fixed
* Beta 3 : 9 January 2006 – 150 bugs fixed
* Beta 4 : 26 January 2006 – 120 bugs fixed
* Beta 5 : 2 March 2006 – many bugs fixed
* Release Candidate 1 : 31 March 2006
* Release Candidate 2 : 7 April 2006
* Release Candidate 3 : 15 April 2006