Piggydb V5.0-dev1 released

This release is a preparation for the development of the next generation Piggydb: the features planned in V5.0 were not implemented in this release, only prerequisite changes were made.

The title field in the fragment form has been moved to the top:

The Quick Edit feature has been updated to support editing a fragment title and a minor edit option as below:

The releases of the V5.0-dev branch are experimental as I wrote in the previous entry. So the default download remains version 4.23. If you want to try out V5.0-dev1, please download it from the links below:

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6 Comments on “Piggydb V5.0-dev1 released”

  1. Nip says:

    Can it create tables? Tabular organization of information is important as it appears neat and helps seeing the whole structure at a glance.

    • Hi Nip,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You can create HTML tables in fragment content with wiki markup, but I think you mean organizing fragments in tabular format. Though as of V5.0-dev1 Piggydb doesn’t support tabular organization, I think it is an interesting idea.

  2. Jerome J. Slote says:

    Greetings Daisuke

    Sorry to have been a little scarce for the past few weeks. Project I absolutely had to finish.

    As you’re moving directly on to Version 5 and looking at the big picture, I feel comfortable putting a few more suggestions out for your consideration.

    On the interface side, I’d most enjoy an edit screen that navigates directly from the edited fragment. A maintenance mode edit. Right now, the traditional (non-quick) edit returns us on save to the hoisted fragment, with its sub-fragments. A maintenance mode editor would have the standard entry screen for body, title and tags. But beneath that:

    -A checkbox that toggles whether to save or discard updates.
    -Navigation buttons for Up-level, Down-level, Forward, Back, and Add, each displaying the title of the fragment you’ll reach on that button, still in edit mode.
    -The usual drop-down to change the sort, which determines which fragments the navigation buttons lead to.

    On the engineering side, as you merge tags with parent fragments, I’d love to see Piggydb describe lateral relationships as well as it does hierarchical. Thus not just fragments but the links between fragments could be modified with tags, as I believe you may already have planned.

    For example: suppose we were using Piggydb for documentation, a natural fit with chapters, sections and detail paragraphs and images in a hierarchy. If we were documenting simultaneously in English and Japanese, we could create lateral links between the corresponding sections, and the Tag display for that link descriptor would show all the matching sections side by side.

    Piggydb is part of my life every computing day, an enormously useful and sophisticated tool. I’m very glad you’re taking it to the next level. It makes a powerful statement to the world about the standard you’re destined to achieve.

    Warmest Regards
    Jerome

    • Hi Jerome,

      Thank you for your feedback, and sorry for the late reply. I’ve been concentrating on V5.0-dev2 and finally finished it today.

      >I’d most enjoy an edit screen that navigates directly from the edited fragment. A maintenance mode edit.

      Do you mean you want to navigate through your fragment network with a single control (an editor and navigation buttons)? It’s an interesting idea, but I think it’s not suitable for Web UI, but for other rich client apps or smartphones.

      >Thus not just fragments but the links between fragments could be modified with tags, as I believe you may already have planned.

      Yes. I have to consider the spec of tagged-links very carefully, because it might spoil the simplicity.

      Best regards,
      Daisuke

  3. Jerome J. Slote says:

    Hi Daisuke

    I’d actually missed dev1, but dev2 is fabulous; updating fragments is a much-improved, effortless process. So I’ll just track 5.0 as it takes shape, and perhaps bring these up again in future.

    Warmest Regards
    Jerome


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