Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Project hurdle

Coming to a hurdle of the project, I am doing investigation on how should I carry out my next step. Need to learn XForm, read about xmlDoc, and trying to use qooxdoo v0.7 before I attempt to upgrade my project's qooxdoo v0.6.6 to v0.7. I have tried to make some simple qooxdoo application to work with this qooxdoo v0.7 without the generator (which all qooxdoo users are very fond of this generator as it is the main thing that supports the good name of qooxdoo, I suppose). However, as I am asked to make qooxdoo application without that generator as that generator doesn't fit in to my project. Thus, I seems like walking the long way... not only long, but rocky too... now.. it has been a wide gap in front of me while I am trying to make a simple qooxdoo application to work on this qooxdoo v0.7 without the generator. Qooxdoo v0.7 has been more object-oriented than the previous version, thus there's some difference on how v0.6.6 and v0.7 work and this is my trouble. I have been thinking abt this for the entire day and still, no solution yet. Anyway, I will continue to try. (But I do hope I can tell my prof to drop this library and concentrate on YUI and Dojo. Hehe... looks like YUI has been popular on the Internet, while Dojo is complained about its bulkiness.)

Well, well, well... almost coming to July... 2/3 of my holiday is about to end. God has been leading me all along... the wound at my back is healing up and my bro is teasing me that maybe the "hole" is large enough for singapore five cent coin. Haha... what a brother I have here... sad, isn't it? Haha... just kidding. The nurses have been telling to eat more fruits. Yeah, I did, haha... at least an apple a day... keep the doctor away... haha... but tomorrow I need to meet the doctor before I leave to Brunei this week. Hehe...

Continue to memorise God's word. I have posted the verses from NIV. But Chinese is the one I have been memorise. Hehe... memorising Chinese is not as easy as English. Haha... coz I can't add or delete words from the bible, thus I need to memorise words by words. Hehe.. sometimes I missing out some common word or jumble them up, but to us, it could have the same meaning. Haha.. so have to be careful.

Oh well, continue to do my work. Wake up at 7am every morning hehe that's my alarm... and I have been training myself to wake up once I click the "stop" on my handphone to stop the alarm. God honors those who honors Him. God blesses my everyday and I determine not to sin against Him, and follow His word, refresh my relationship with Him everyday. Yeah! Pray earnestly, brothers and sisters, and recognize whom you have believed. It is important that we know our God's characteristics. Hehe...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

How to approach my project?

Days have been passing by quickly and there's one week and a few days left before I return to Brunei. Hehe... but only will be back for 2 or 3 weeks. Today is hot in the afternoon... burning... haha... but nevertheless, my bro and I went for a haircut near Clementi Blk 726 Market. (Don't know if I got that number right or not, haha... it is based on my memory...).

Have been "spending" my time today working on my project... trying to use qooxdoo toolkit to make a calculator. Haha... but it is tough when I come to the event setting part where I need to write the codes for how each buttons should work. This is actually just for internal release... my prof told me use my own imagination to make a nice demo... so there you are... hopefully a workable calculator... haha anyway... this is actually continuation from the short term goal of my project... the long term goal... I'll be doing the project packaged as "Form". The form need to understand xml/json file. Then think this form should be like a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor. For example, I have a form that contains the properties of a page. Then I change the background color on the form, then the page should reflect the color. O_o Haha... this gonna be tough... haha... then there is another task in the package that I can't remember le.

So the first thing I need to "learn" is reading from and writing to a xml or json file. Hehe... then only make a form to perform those tasks. The form of coz would be done using qooxdoo toolkit. Haha... too bad it doesn't have a good api reference (it's incomplete), or else it is a very powerful toolkit. Haha...

I have added photo to my msn space (You can go there by clicking the link on the sidebar) regarding the church camp on 11 - 13 June. Feel free to browse through. Hehe... there're some photos that show our trip to the bukit timah summit. Haha... =( I didn't go coz of the wound. Don't wanna move it too much or else blood came out again. Haha.. so.. I took a short nap in my own room. Thank God for that nice weather though. Haha...

Oh ya... I realise I am able to use the game genie codes on the ZSNES (SNES emulator) and I manage to finish the game "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", haha... well it's easy when I can't lose... till the last two stages when don't know why I wasn't invincible anymore... I tried and tried... finally manage to finish those two stages. Haha... wooh... then this morning, my bro and I played "Contra" on VirtualNES (NES emulator) and we finished the game with the help of a game genie code (code for having infinite lives)... haha then finish in 30 minutes I think. Haha... sweet *v*...

Anyway, that's all for now... gonna brush up and... continue think abt the events for the calculator, or think abt the Forms, or... haha... sleep? Hehe.. nah, probably memorise some verses and read the Book of Numbers. Hehe... whooff... 1/2 of the holiday gone just like that... I'll see what I can include in my sidebar again... mayb... a prayer list would be nice, hehe... =) tomorrow is another day I going for redressing my wound... hopefully it quickly heal. Hehe... remember God is watching everything we do, hehe...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Arise & Let Us Build Up

The title is the theme for our Geylang church camp on 11-13 June 2007. God has been kind and merciful that He has brought us this camp to let us (brothers and sisters in Christ) gather together and spend time off from our busy routine. It has been a wonderful time that we spent together with God. The camp venue is the Salvation Army at 500 Upper Bukit Timah Road. Not to mention the nice air-con rooms (well most of us were freezing), the rooms are apartment-style and our camp took 5 units, where each units has 3 rooms. There is a living room too for each unit and I glad to hear some of us make use of the living room to have some sharing among unit-mates. Haha...

I'm the unit IC for my unit #03-05. Hehe... Clifton, Lieng and I suppose to have one room, but Clifton was absent. Next Auntie Nancy and another sister, whom we identified as "Yan Jie", lived in another room of the same unit as me. Then Aunt Evelyn, sis Wen Xuan and her daughter, Dawn, lived in the room opposite to mine. Haha... it is great to see so many children are enjoying themselves, especially after meal when there is some extra time before the next event. Haha... there are Dawn, Keziah, Timothy and Timothius as in the youngest group. Next group will be Abigail, Wei Han, Phineas, Dorcas and Hui En. Erm, did I miss out any children here? Haha... hope I don't. If I do, I will correct this post (as soon as possible).

Oh yes, "Arise & Build Up", in this camp, I have came across a few interesting characters from the bible - Nehemiah, Abel, Enoch and Noah. For Abel, Enoch and Noah, I have came across their "story"line, but only realise their important characteristics and able to view them with a different perspective during the camp's workshop. Wow... didn't there is more place mentioned of Abel in the bible than the two place I only known ofv(Genesis 4 and Hebrew 11). Look at these three characters show us what do "living in God's abundant grace" means. Does it mean having a long life or a healthy / wealthy life means living in God's abundant grace? Hehe... of coz no. Living in God's abundant grace means being a children of God and following His words.

Now, the theme message is all based on the book of Nehemiah. Although I read through this book twice before and all I know is just the story... that Nehemiah went back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall, then also restate the laws of Moses to the Israelites. However, I have not learn the lesson that book is trying to teach me. From Nehemiah, we learn how he has prayed earnestly for Jerusalem after he heard that the city wall has fallen. The speaker spoke of the vision that Nehemiah saw and he continued to pray for the vision. Then we learn the lesson of how to translate information to vision, then vision to action. (If there is only vision, no action, then it is useless... don't be a visionary, but missionary, hehe...)

God has been kind to Nehemiah and allows him to go back. You need to read up on Nehemiah if you wanna see the effect of his prayers. Really effective and you'll be surprised on how much preparation Nehemiah has done before the king asked him. This is due to his earnest prayers. Next, we learn that serving God would mean paying a high price, could be as high as sacrificing own life. So do you dare? One of Satan's tactic is using threats, e.g. life threats. You can read up what threats has Nehemiah and the Israelites faced during the rebuilding of the city wall in the bible. Nehemiah pray and pray and carry out actions (ask all Israelites to carry sword all hte time, including while building, sitting or sleeping). Both "Pray + No Action" and "No Pray + Action" do not solve any problem. Only "Pray + Action" solves the problem.

Not only the Israelites faced outside threats, they faced inside threats as well. Look at how Nehemiah solve the problem. Also, we have been reminded to love one another and support one another. Is God unfair that He let some be poor and some be rich, or some are smart and some are weak? No, God wants the rich to help the poor, and the smart help the weak. See, God is fair and He sees this as good. Brothers and sisters should help and support one another.

Also building up a church is not just a "one-time" story. It need to be "refresh" everytime. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem 2nd time, some Israelites had gone astray again. Thus, he "reestablish" order, restate Moses' Law, ask people to come to repentance. Thus this reminds us that we should always refresh ourselves in front of God.

These are the lessons by far I learnt of. God-blessed camp it is and how merciful God is to let me join the camp and have spent my time wisely with God. Update on my wound is that it is getting better and better, skin is recovering, sore throat is abt to be over, no more tongue ulcer and my mouth ulcer doesn't make much fuss now. Hehe... really thank God for these. Now, I need to overcome my laziness and my pride from my old-self.

Sorry no photo now. Hehe... I will post some in a new post when I got it.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Frustrated moment or a lesson to learn?

Haiz... post operation is such a tough stage to go through than the operation itself... things have not been well for me lately... not yet recovered... thod I can get to play basketball after the last stitch is taken out... but.. no... worse things happen... my wound kena infection... and I have no idea how... I only know that there are blood oozing out when I do a particular action (could be mroe than one)... what action is that? Sit down? lying down? bend down? standing up? walking? oh man... what is it? I can't check some more... can't detect whether got blood come out or not... haiz...

Now plus my sore throats and... ulcers from my mouth and tongue... haiz.. what a frustrating moment... really a pain... and headache... haiz... please pray for me... terrible condition... but i know... these all doesnt add up to how much Jesus suffer for us on the cross... not even 1/100th. So ... what am I to boast abt my sufferings? Haha...

I believe God will bring me thr this stage. It is a test, a trial for me to depend on Him. After all... all these periods, God continues to show mercy on me. Been doing well for my honous project's "short-term goal" (thats what my prof called it after I asked him the purpose of my project, :P).
My sore throat is better now than yesterday when I can feel my tonsils growing large. It has shrunk i guess... not as painful as yesterday... hehe my mouth ulcer is recovering... hehe... my tongue ulcer is a new one.. got it yesterday i thnk, so it wont b in recover stage rite now.

Hehe... thank God for all the comfort He brings to me. Blessed me!

I have not conquered my "I" in me... I dun like to be treated as patient... haiz...