Analog: Help wanted

It's not always easy for people to get involved in open source projects, because they don't know where to start, and because they haven't got time to understand the whole program. So here, in no particular order, is a list of tasks which I would love to see done for analog. They're things which I'm not skilled to do myself, and which I'm not likely to have the time to learn in the near future. Each one is more-or-less self-contained. Some require programming skills, but most don't. They're to be done on a volunteer basis, of course.

If you want to tackle one of these projects, the first step is to contact me to check that no-one else is doing it, and to get more details.

You can also donate money to analog if you want.

No programming required

Language files Translations of analog into new languages are always welcome. (See the list of current languages.)
How-To's I'm looking for people to write tutorials about aspects of analog. The idea is that they complement the existing documentation by being focused on specific tasks, and by teaching by example — for instance, they might contain configuration samples and/or screen shots. (Have a look at the existing How-To's for examples.) Here are some suggested topics:
  • Using analog with virtual servers — one logfile.
  • Getting started under Windows.
  • Writing a LOGFORMAT.
  • Configuring Apache.
  • Setting up the form under NT.
  • Using analog with Report Magic.
If you want to tackle one of these, contact me for more details first. Or feel free to suggest other topics! Posted 23-Jan-01, 30-Apr-01.
Precompiled versions If you have an operating system which is not one for which a precompiled version is already available, and if you want to volunteer always to compile the latest version of analog, and to host the precompiled version at your site, I would love to hear from you. There are several Unixes currently without precompiled versions; also Windows on the Alpha chip.
Language test suite Construct a configuration, or set of configurations, which uses all or nearly all of the strings in a language file (and presumably shows off most of analog's features).

Some programming required

Style sheets Contribute your favourite style sheet for the XHTML output. Posted 31-Mar-03.
New output styles Write a new output style for analog. PDF? RTF? Posted 31-Mar-03.
Better Windows behaviour Arrange that analog should not pop up a DOS window when it starts (i.e. get the window to start minimised). But if there are any error or warning messages, the window should pop up, and then also not close automatically at the end of the program. Reposted 14-Nov-01.
./configure Supply a GNU autoconf script to replace editing the Makefile and the anlghead.h. Reposted 14-Nov-01.

In progress

These projects were on this page, but I've already got a volunteer for them now. Just so you know what's coming!

Make --settings produce a configuration file Make something like SETTINGS ON or --settings (but with a new name) produce a configuration file of the current settings instead of an English description. Posted 23-Jan-01; allocated 18-Apr-01.

Completed jobs

The following projects were on this list but have now been completed.

SEARCHENGINE configuration file Construct a more comprehensive list of SEARCHENGINE commands than the one distributed with the program. Completed.
Precompiled version for Solaris 2 Completed.
Wildcards in directory names Make wildcards in directory names in LOGFILE commands work. Completed in version 4.90beta4.
Unix man page Completed in version 5.01.
Windows Makefile Make a Makefile to let MSVC++ compile analog without going through the GUI. Completed in version 5.11.
List of file types Construct a more comprehensive list of TYPEALIAS commands than the one distributed with the program. Completed on 12-Aug-02.
List of robots Construct a more comprehensive list of ROBOTINCLUDE commands than the one distributed with the program. Completed on 06-Feb-03.

Of course, if you have ideas for other ways to contribute, then feel free to contact me too.

Go to the analog home page.
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