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Andrew L. Johnson

I’ve finally gotten around to adding a wiki to this site (for article discussions and other purposes). I’ve tried out a handful of wikis (and bbs-like systems) over the last couple of months (written in Perl, Python, and Ruby) looking for something simple. I noticed JimWeirich just added a UseMod based wiki to his site.

UseMod was the first wiki I considered, but I wanted to look around first — and thus have two months gone by. With Jim’s new wiki as a prod, I grabbed a copy of UseMod and had a simple wiki up and running on my development box in minutes. A few tweaks later and I’m convinced it fits my needs: simple yet tweakable.


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Welcome to Siaris.net

Andrew L. Johnson

Welcome to Siaris.net

Siaris.net is the public face of Siaris: Andrew Johnson’s software development, training, writing, and consulting activities. Utilizing a common weblog format, I will publish short and medium length articles on a variety of topics including: general programming and problem solving, object oriented programming, programming languages, teaching, and communication. Longer writings will be available under the Articles link in the navigation bar.

Siaris.net is not my personal blog (I may add one of those eventually), but a way to gather and make available both my older writings, and to add new articles. With that in mind, I’ve already converted 50 (of 89) short Perl articles (orignally published by ItWorld). Some writings are less suitable for blog publication for a variety of reasons — the Articles link in the navigation bar connect you other writings (a smallish regex tutorial for some of Perl’s additional RE features, and a link to the regex chapter of my book for starters).

Within the blog, the News category will relate information about various goings on at Siaris.net. The LanguageBits category will hold interesting bits on various languages (including how-to’s and small code examples). I expect to be adding other categories as this site evolves.

There is no feedback mechanism for articles at this time, but I am considering setting up either a comment forum or a wiki for such a purpose — possibly requiring login to discourage comment/content spamming. In the meantime, comments about this site, or any particular article can be sent directly to me via email (andrew@siaris.net). I hope you find this site useful and enjoy visiting from time to time.

  Best regards,
  Andrew L Johnson

The Map

Once I would go
to the edge of the map.
To the empty,
white
space.

To where there be dragons
and perils unknown.
One could fall off
edges of
worlds.

Now would I go
to the edge of the map.
To the swirling
black
hole.

Forever uncharted
to those left behind.
One could fall off
edges of
Time.

  — Andrew L. Johnson (1985)