After I joined the community supporting the Calibre project (by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, go and check the mobileforums board for a great source of information!), I found the the most exciting features offered by Calibre was without any doubt the possibility to exploit RSS feeds, by fetching content and compiling into your own e-book which can then be made portable and accessible with your reader.
Admittedly, I was a little intimidated by the fact that you need to learn a little pythonese to be able to use recipes in full. Recipes are the procedures implemented to fetch and compile the content. However, with my usual ‘can do’ attitude, and the fact that I’ve seen pythons before (in a glass cage :), I decided to dig in and figure out how to make the best out of this tool.
Well, a few weeks later, I’m still learning, but in the meantime I helped to draft the first recipe’s guide and contributed a number of recipes. The step from contribution to application was not far, and after finalising the transfer of this blog to a stable domain I decided that starting a database of recipes could become a great and interesting project.
Once we collect a good number of recipes we’ll find a way of organising them and accept users’ contribution to make it a great tool. For the moment, enjoy your recipe-a-day!
PS… it didn’t take long before i got bugged down with work and the recipe-a-day, turned into recipe-a-week… now that my PhD thesis is submitted, however, i can dedidcate more time to e-what? again.