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About

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WebConso is used in conjunction with WorkSpy, written by Patrick Dantressangle.

First, a little about WorkSpy

WorkSpy is a little program that makes it extremely easy to keep track of how much time you spend on your projects. Click on a project, and WorkSpy ticks off the time you spend on it. Click PAUSE when you are interrupted by a phone call. Your manager comes in to discuss another project? Click the project and discuss. Forget to click the correct project? It's okay, double-click to easily edit the time.

WorkSpy comes with WorkConso, which consolidates the task files and presents a report of how much time you spent on each project. Patrick has also included a feature that allows you to associate a file to each task, for example a text file, Word document, or whatever.

Download WorkSpy and play with it a bit, it's great. If you like it, come back and try WebConso, too!

About WebConso

WebConso is free and offered under the GNU Public License. I came up with WebConso because I wanted to take advantage of the Web to record and view the Notes associated with each WorkSpy project. The Notes are my to do list, and every two weeks provide a quick status report I can give to my manager. I've also included a 3 month calendar, which I use to get a glimpse of the important items (without the clutter of meetings that are in my regular calendar).

Prerequisites

You need WorkSpy, of course. :-) You also need a Web server and Perl installed and configured with the modules described below.

WebConso has been tested only on Windows XP, running ActivePerl 5.8 and the Apache 2.0 Web server. The notes are secure only when run on your local workstation. I don't recommend you keep your files on a network server unless you tweak the scripts a bit.

Installation

  1. Download and unzip the files to a temporary location on your workstation.

  2. Copy the files in the cgi-bin directory to an executable directory that your Web server can access (for example, "C:\Apache Group\Apache2\cgi-bin\").

  3. If you are using the Apache Web server, ensure the first line of every script in the cgi-bin directory contains the correct path to the Perl.exe file.

    1. Run this handy perl option to locate the path to perl:

      perl -V:perlpath
      
    2. You can use a perl one-liner to replace the first line of every script with the correct path:

      cd cgi-bin
      perl -pi.bak -e "s/^#!C:\\.*/#!full_path_to_perl.exe/;" *
      del *.bak
      
  4. Install the following perl modules:

    Date::Calc

    Thanks to Steffen Beyer for this great module. If you have ActivePerl, installing it is very easy:

    ppm install Date::Calc
    
    HTML::CalendarMonthSimple

    Not available with PPM, but it's still fairly easy to install. Thanks to Gregor Mosheh for this wonderful module.

    1. Download and unzip the latest version of the module package.
    2. Copy CalendarMonthSimple.pm to the HTML directory in one of your Perl lib paths. If you don't know where that is, query perl's @INC variable.

      perl -e "print qq(@INC)"
        C:/Perl/lib C:/Perl/site/lib .
      copy CalendarMonthSimple.pm C:/Perl/site/lib/HTML
      
  5. Edit the file consoinits.pl and change the following variables as appropriate: $WorkSpyPath, $NotesArchivePath, and $eventsfile.

  6. After you've used WorkSpy and have created some tasks and notes, load one of the scripts in your browser and check it out.

    http://localhost/cgi-bin/conso
    

Other useful things


written by Gary Faircloth at arkadianriver.com, 2003