Ophion: A New Site Feature

Posted On 2011-04-24 by FortyPoundHead
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As an IT person, you may be called upon from time to time to explain what you've done with your day. Spreadsheets are fine, databases better. But, being the geek I am, I had to go a bit better.

A few months back, I started tracking my time. Stared off with a spreadsheet, and it got too ungainly, quickly. Then, I moved on to an Access database. Once again, it just seemed a bit too unweildy, and I was tied to a machine or accessible path.

So, the next logical method was plop the database on to MySQL, and build a web front end. The result was Ophion.

Ophion was the first of the Titan gods to rule Olympus. He was eventually overthrown by Cronos and Rhea, and thrown into Oceanus.

The correlation to this time tracking app is similar. Ophion (the app) will be the first iteration, and will eventually be replaced by a bigger, better version.

BUT, how does that affect you, dear reader?

I've integrated Ophion into fortypoundhead.com, so that it may be used by other folks that have the time tracking challenge. You'll have to be logged in in order to use it, so if you haven't registered for an account, do that first.

Once you are logged in, you'll note a new link on the top line navigation menu, titled "Ophion". Simply click it to go to app.

The first thing you may notice is that the boxes on the left hand side of the window will change. Normally, these boxes display article navigation items, such as recent, new, random, etc.

After clicking the Ophion link, these boxes display information an navigation items for the Ophion application.

The first box is your info pane. It shows the current date, the date or range being displayed in the main window, and the total hours tracked for the selected period.

By default, the entries for the current day are shown. To display entries for another day, simply select the day from the drop down in the second pane (Day Select), and click submit.

If you'd like to see a range of days, select the start and end dates in the third pane (Range Select), then click the submit button.

Notes for use

In the second and third panes, the drop down selections will only display dates for which an entry is present.

When making a new entry, times must be in military or 24-hour time. For example, 1:00 is 1:00 am, while 13:00 is 1:00 pm.

Any entries made by using the three form fields at the bottom of the entry list will be added to the current days entries. For example, if you are view March 12 on the current view, and todays date is April 11, the entry will be made for April 11. due for change soon. promise!

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