In my database class we had to do a database project--a web application with a database back-end. I considered this my opportunity to finally do something I wanted to do.
The Esperanto international auxilliary language (IAL), which I've discussed before, suffers from poor-quality and incomplete English dictionaries, and I felt that a user-editable dictionary could be the solution to that problem. Wikipedia has a sister dictionary project, Wiktionary, but it's inconvenient to use Wiktionary to actually look stuff up, especially when you want a translation dictionary.
So I made qwertie.net. Note:
- Only the English<=>Esperanto dictionaries contain a significant number of entries.
- It doesn't work well in Internet Explorer 6; get Firefox.
- This site might not be up forever.
I should write some more entries now. I've got a new best friend, a new job, a new home, and new ideas for programs I want to write.
In the meantime, uhm, well, check out my del.icio.us bookmarks. There's lots of programming stuff but also freedom-fighting goodness... or better yet, learn from the EFF about how Big Media is having its way with the U.S. Congress:
"With so many tech mandate proposals and DRM restrictions being introduced, it's all too easy to miss how they fit together. A digital radio mandate here, an analog hole plug there, add in a little HDCP on video outputs for bad measure, and so on -- pretty soon, you've got DRM everywhere, and the whole is far more dangerous than the sum of its parts."
The Battle for Your Digital Media Devices And learn about Digital Video Restrictions