till in the end
the day came
in the end came
close of a long day
when she said
time she stopped
-- Samuel Beckett, Rockaby
Today marks the first release of the source for my book annotation software, Rockaby. At present, the base installation is up and running at http://gr.pynchon.net/ which forms the Online Gravity's Rainbow Reference.
So, what is Rockaby.
Rockaby is a tool to annotate long, complex, or otherwise require-explanation texts. It features a footnote referencing system, automatic character and reference index linkup and a plethora of other features.
What stage is it at?
Rockaby was originally written in .NET, but I have just spent the last day or so converting it to Django and this is the released form. As such, the code is new and has several setbacks:
- Too much heavy lifting is being done in the views from the originally hackish .NET application
- Many aspects are currently hardcoded to my Pynchon annotation project
- Generally needs to be made more pythonic
- Admin interface virtually non-existent
I, therefore, would be very interested to hear from any Django developers who would like to participate.
How can I get the source?
The source code is hosted at the Google Code repository. If you have some improvements/patches, email me (or comment below) and, pending review, I can add you to the team.
Why the name?
In addition to referencing one of my favourite plays, it also functions, from the quotation above, as an auto-critical statement on exegesis.