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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
By Paul Ford
Hello there. Ftrain is on a hiatus. People have written to tell me that I am on hiatus because I am upset that George W. Bush is the president, or because I hate the Internet, or because I am sick and dying. They are wrong. Ftrain is on hiatus for many reasons, all of them good. First, it is on hiatus because I am writing a book. This is a book that you will be able to purchase later this year in bookstores, from online booksellers, and anywhere else books are sold. It is a book about young people doing goofy things.
I will tell you about it when it is printed and in stores. My deadline is February 8, but it will not be out until some time after that. When the time comes for it to enter the stores, Ftrain will become one huge advertisement for the book.
I am also starting a full-time job in February, rather than sitting around the house in my socks. & I'm getting well underway with coding a real, grown-up version of the framework under this site, which I must do in order for the new job. Thus, I'll give away more code for building weird semantic webbish sites soon, under an open-source license, if anyone wants it. For real this time. I swear. I really want to. I won't screw it up. It will be a combination of Apache2 mod_rewrite rules, PHP5, XSLT, MySQL, and the Sesame RDF engine, and you'll need to understand all five technologies to use it. It won't have a content management interface aside from weird XML files, and it won't work at all when you start it up. You'll love that.
If you're curious, you can hear me on NPR from time to time, or read the Weekly Review from Harper's Magazine, which I write every now and then, or check out XML.com, where I'm slowly working on a series on the Semantic Web in government (which will resume in March).
Thank you for reading. You're great readers, and you've made it possible for me to become an okay writer and get a book deal, and a good job as an editor. Many of you have even given me money. I owe you all a drink. I'll start thrashing away here in February, then get back on the web content wagon for March.