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[long] RE: Supply Chain Spec Volunteer

From: Alejandro Imass
Subject: [long] RE: Supply Chain Spec Volunteer
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 14:17:39 -0700 (PDT)

Jeff, please note that I am still around if you need
any help with the original Supply Chain Specs that I
originally wrote and submitted to GNUE a long time

I am glad to help you with the Docbook details. I use
emacs + psgml major mode. It is by far THE BEST SGML

I am aligned w/ Jeff in the sense that GNUE should
have a UML representation, at least in the Use-Case
level, and that we should be using DIA. 


> Using UML has been suggested for the past several
> years.  We did not 
> use it in the last incarnation because there was not
> a way to convert 
> UML into something usable and I was not interested
> in doing 
> everything twice (and no one else volunteered to do
> it either.)

I have used DIA and dia2code extensively (at the class
level) and love it. Furthermore I understand that DIA
should save as XML, so it should be translatable to
anything. I could work on this if needed.

Just to let you all know, I have been working on a
neat little model (and it's accompaniying CORBA API)
for Catalog Management, which should be an intrinsic
part of ANY Enterprise-Wide Materials Management
Solution. The code is sufficiently modular to be a
snap-in to any software, and since it provides a
uniform CORBA API to the model it should be quite easy
for end programmers. This piece could be called the
"GNUE Catalog Manager". This is quite in vogue these
days and could be an attractive offering for GNUE. 

I am also working on an initial fully-operational
client to configure the Catalog. The tool is fully
graphic and lets the user configure the catalog in an
user-friendly manner. Even though this initial client
is written in Java (mainly because it's based on the
work done by Auburn VGJ, and because my initial
application has to run in a browser) it could be
easily ported to Gtk+. In fact, it should be quite
easy given that it relies mainly on the CORBA API
provided by the server. I would need some help though
with the porting of the graph ordering algorithms
(GCD) since I am not that good with math :-).

All this code is a work in progress but should be in
alpha/beta state in the next few (3-4) weeks.

Frankly, I was going to publish this work in Source
Forge, but now that I realize it, it might me a good
idea to publish it here.

BTW how does one contribute to this project? Do we
send everything to Derek? Do normal mortals ever get
write acces to cvs?

Alejandro Imass
Caracas, Venezuela

--- "J. Childers" <address@hidden> wrote:
> Neil,
> >> we will need a business persons view 
> That's cool - the narrative has to come before use
> cases and such anyway. I'm "down" with that<g>.
> Since I got ya <g>....
> 1- What application do you guys use to read/edit the
> XML DocBook files? I have searched Google
> like a madman and all I find are references to the
> darned docbook specifications. All I want is
> something to open the &*&*(*^# things!!
> 2- By any chance, do you have an index to the Supply
> Chain files? I'd like to make sure I have the
> documents that are the a) right ones and b) all of
> them (so I don't wind up reinventing the
> wheel).  If not - would you have capacity to work
> with me (even just in guidance mode) to create
> an index before I get started?
> Thanks Neil!
> Jeff
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Neil Tiffin [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 8:48 PM
> To: Jeff Childers; address@hidden
> Subject: RE: Supply Chain Spec Volunteer

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