User talk:Allan McInnes

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I will usually reply on this page to messages posted here.
I make it a practice to watchlist talk pages that I post to — if I have posted on your talk page feel free to reply there.


[edit] Erlang page help

Hi Allan, thanks for you message. I did read the "How to write an article" and tried to make my Erlang:InsertionSort page by copying and modifying the C:Insertion Sort page. But I can't seem to make the code downloadable. This is an interesting wiki and I do intend to hang around a bit. -- Chandru 11:18, 3 March 2006 (PST)

Thanks for your contribution! I suspect that the problem was that you placed your article into a "Category" article instead of a normal article. Categories are intended to group related articles, not to hold actual content. I have moved the insertion sort code to an appropriate "main namespace" article — Insertion sort (Erlang, simple) — and added a little exposition. This should resolve your problems with downloading code. Hope that helps! --Allan McInnes (talk) 11:38, 3 March 2006 (PST)
Thank you very much! I shall write future articles like that! -- Chandru 11:42, 3 March 2006 (PST)
Thanks for helping out Chandru, Allan. I've updated LiteratePrograms:How to write an article accordingly. Deco 11:46, 3 March 2006 (PST)
That's probably a good idea. --Allan McInnes (talk) 12:11, 3 March 2006 (PST)

[edit] LP now checks Haskell files

Hey, just letting you know that due to your interest in writing Haskell articles I went ahead and installed ghc on the server and have the wiki running it on files at download time to check for compiler errors/warnings. I'll get these things into a MediaWiki message at some point. Deco 22:27, 3 March 2006 (PST)

Great! Thanks for the heads up. --Allan McInnes (talk) 23:01, 3 March 2006 (PST)

[edit] User talk pages on Special:Listusers

Hey Allan. Because it was really easy to do and I thought you might find it useful for rapid welcoming, I added links to each user's talk page on Special:Listusers. Don't ask me why MediaWiki doesn't do this. Deco 15:44, 6 March 2006 (PST)

That is a nice addition. I wonder why MediaWiki left it out. Actually, following your lead, I'm trying to hold off a little on the welcoming, waiting to see what contributions new users make. --Allan McInnes (talk) 16:04, 6 March 2006 (PST)
Hmmmm... perhaps it would be useful to have a link to Special:Contributions for each user as well. What do you think? --Allan McInnes (talk) 16:07, 6 March 2006 (PST)
And done. Deco 16:35, 6 March 2006 (PST)
Wow! Talk about a responsive developer :-) Thanks! --Allan McInnes (talk) 16:52, 6 March 2006 (PST)

[edit] You're a bureaucrat

You've done such a great job and spent so much time helping out with everything that I've raised you to the level of bureaucrat. This will enable you to promote users to sysop/admin via Special:Userrights, which could come in handy if you spot any good admin candidates. This also allows you to flag bots. Congratulations again. Deco 13:50, 8 March 2006 (PST)

Hey, thanks! Again! Promotions come thick and fast around here, compared to Wikipedia :-) Glad I can help out though — as I said when I first joined, I think that this site is a really great idea. --Allan McInnes (talk) 13:53, 8 March 2006 (PST)

[edit] Nice writeup on help page

Hey, I just noticed Help:Contents. Your rewrite of that is excellent and has a great presentation. Thanks a lot for your effort! Deco 16:59, 9 March 2006 (PST)

You're welcome! Glad you like it. --Allan McInnes (talk) 18:46, 9 March 2006 (PST)

[edit] Good luck with your stuff

Hope to see you back soon, thanks for all your help. Deco 15:47, 17 March 2006 (PST)

[edit] Reboots

Hey Allan, sorry if I caught you with any of the reboots tonight - I just added the server to its own private power supply and cut the fan speed and I've been adding some kernel options. Thanks for adding support for Oz syntax. Take care. Deco 23:50, 4 April 2006 (PDT)

Didn't even notice the reboots - too busy trying figure out my own dumb mistakes with the Oz regexps :-) --Allan McInnes (talk) 00:03, 5 April 2006 (PDT)

[edit] XML as programming language

Hi Allan, I answer to your question about XML as a programming language here, because you wrote that you answer to question on this page (I put a watch on it).

I agree with you and was not confident in putting XML in the list of programming language. But as far as SQL is listed in programming language, you will agree that XSL or XSQL should have the same status... Anyway my point is mainly that having syntax highlight for XML...

Anyway, thank you very much for Ocaml highlighting, my OCAMAWEB code is now so pretty... Lehalle 09:20, 7 April 2006 (PDT)

I absolutely agree that XSL and XSQL can be accorded status as programming languages. It is pure XML that I have my doubts about. I will revise Template:List of programming language categories accordingly. Syntax highlighting for XML is on my list of things to do... --Allan McInnes (talk) 11:25, 7 April 2006 (PDT)
Ok, it's no longer on my to-do list -- XML syntax highlighting is now done. --Allan McInnes (talk) 14:06, 7 April 2006 (PDT)
Thanks for this, that should come in handy for many things. Deco 20:04, 7 April 2006 (PDT)
Just to butt in here, I agree with Allan's assessment. XML in general is not a language and is not executable. However, many specific forms of XML are used to drive active processes, such as XSLT, XSL, and even markup languages like MathML/SVG (which, although declarative, drive rendering processes). It might make sense to have a language category for XML-based languages, once we have too many lying around. Deco 20:02, 7 April 2006 (PDT)
You're right about the difference between XML and XSL/etc: creating a language category for XML-based languages, seems to be the best solution, indeed Lehalle 00:28, 8 April 2006 (PDT)

[edit] Re: Welcome

Thank you! Can I put my programs in Java? FML 04:55, 29 August 2006 (PDT)

You can add programs in pretty much any programming language. See here for a list of programming languages that people have either used so far, or intend to use. And here is a list of the Java programs that have already been added by other users. --Allan McInnes (talk) 15:48, 29 August 2006 (PDT)

[edit] Deco not responding?

Well thanks for the welcome. I posted a question on the Median Cut Talk page, but got no response. So wrote directly to Deco, still with no response. Is anybody out there?
Davecotter 13:02, 25 September 2006 (PDT)

Deco seems to have responded to your Median Cut question on the talk page sometime yesterday. He may have been a little busy in the "real world", which prevented him from addressing your concerns before then - but it sounds like he's found the problem with the Median Cut, and has a fix ready. --Allan McInnes (talk) 09:46, 26 September 2006 (PDT)
Sorry about that, Dave. Too much other stuff going on. I should've put a notice on my page. I need to dedicate some regular time to maintaining the wiki. Deco 15:30, 4 October 2006 (PDT)

[edit] Introducing myself

Hello Allan. I put a bunch of my blather on my user page, and I'd like to see what you think about it. Thanks. MikeDunlavey 10:04, 14 July 2007 (PDT)

[edit] Thanks

Hi Allan, thanks for the improvements to Turtle graphics (JavaScript). Dave 02:47, 21 May 2008 (EDT)

You're welcome! Excellent article by the way. You did a really nice job putting it together. --Allan McInnes (talk) 19:53, 21 May 2008 (EDT)

[edit] Question about base dump


Could you answer to the question I asked to Deco (he seems to be really busy those days).

Lehalle 01:33, 28 November 2008 (EST)

Sorry for the delayed response. However, I'm afraid I can't really help you anyway. I've no experience with LP wiki installations. You might try pinging Deco via his Wikipedia account, which he may be keeping track of in a more active fashion. --Allan McInnes (talk) 15:55, 4 January 2009 (EST)