Sunday, September 28, 2008

Piggydb V2.2 released

This is a minor update with one trivial feature (a list of recently viewed tags as a new sidebar navigation) and usability changes.

The feature was requested by my wife. She's a piggy genius.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Canada's version of PlayStation 2

My loooovely wife has finally returned from the trip to Canada with a Canada's version of PlayStation 2 which I've asked for. I've been longing to play the English verion of Dragon Quest 8 for a long time, but PlayStation has region code protection so I cannot play English version games on my PlayStation. I can buy an English version PlayStation in Japan but it's so expensive due to importing costs. That's why I asked her to buy it in Canada.

The characters in the English verion of Dragon Quest speak their lines out loud, the Japanese version don't.

Dragon Quest is quite popular in Japan, and I know it isn't so in foreign countries as opposed to the Final Fantasy series.

I love Dragon Quest, and I was so influenced by the game that I became a programmer.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Piggydb V2.1 released

This is a minor update with one trivial feature "Recently Changed Filters" and usability changes.

Now you can view recently changed tags and filters by date.

Update detail:

Enjoy your knowledge!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Why did I make Piggydb?

There are already many web services or applications that support tagging or other information organizing mechanism such as delicious, Wikipedia, Youtube and so on.

So why did I make Piggydb?

The above services known as Web2.0 or social web applications, folksonomies whatever they are called enable you to connect to other people who have the same interest with you, and discover new information about it. It's a fantastic enviroment thanks to the internet.

In a Web2.0-oriented enviroment, mostly the information has already been organized when you arrive at a service. Although it's so convenient and useful, I think it has a certain kind of risk that you are so influenced by the majority that it prevents you from creating your own view or idea, moreover ability to produce those things.

So I want to put more focus on the importance of organizing information all by oneself from scratch. In other words, the process of organizing information is more important than organized information itself.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The plan until the release of V3.0

I have implemented two of important features to organize your knowledge: Tagging and Relationship. What's the next step?

The current version of Piggydb is lacking in features that enable you to view your knowledge as a whole. For example, you cannot view a whole tag tree in one page. I'm going to add those kind of features to Piggydb until the release of V3.0. And then V3.0, it's going to come with the feature "upload and store image files".

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Piggydb V2.0 is now available!

I'm pleased to announce the release of Piggydb V2.0. It comes with Fragment Relationship, with which you can use Piggydb as an outliner to write a document or whatever you like.

Definitely check it out!

Friday, September 5, 2008

The plan for version 2.0

The main feature of V2.0 is Fragment Relationship, which enables you to relate between fragments to create a fragment graph or hierarchy. This is one of most important features in Piggydb's roadmap. Maybe a future version will enable you to tag a relation so that you can create kind of an ontology like structure.

Hopefully, Piggydb V2.0 will be released in this September.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Click Framework

Piggydb uses Click Framework. Click Framework is a web application framework written in Java. There seems to be no de facto standard for web frameworks in Java world, and the frameworks written in Java tend to be more and more complex. Click Framework would make a difference in that situation.

I've asked the Click Framework project team to add Piggydb to their "Sites Using Click", and they were kind enough to do that.

Click Framework

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Freshmeat submission

I've submitted Piggydb to freshmeat and it was accepted.

Welcome to Piggydb from China!

There are some test posts in Chinese on the Piggydb demo.

Currently, Piggydb provides two locales, English and Japanese, to be switched automatically by a browser locale setting. I wonder if there's a need for a Chinese locale.

As a matter of fact, my wife is Chinese and I can ask her to write a Chinese resource for Piggydb.