What I’ve been up to

It’s been quiet on the programming front. I’m getting smarter in Cocoa and AppleScript. Here’s a feature that’ll be coming in 1.0.3 – a News Item Department drop down list that syncs with your Manila blog.

Here’s where I am:

  • The RPC call works
  • I can basically parse the XML that gets passed back (though all the department names are lowercased and I’m not sure what’s up with the vertical bars around one department)
  • I can populate the dropdown
  • The above three steps are triggered temporarily from a button. I need to add UI to get the departments in the first place, cache them in the prefs file so I don’t have to hit the website every time, and add more UI to refresh the categories if they get out of sync.

So it’ll take a while longer for me to finish up. But I thought this would be the hard part and it’s done already. Now I have to figure out how to use some of these Cocoa functions to write a list into a plist file as an array. Dig we must…