Sunday, August 14, 2011

Support for 날다람쥐!

Huge thanks to everybody who's been trying out the site, and especially those who are showing such beautiful positive support for it! Here's what a few users have been saying:

These practice tests are amazing. Thanks for putting them in such a clear and easy-to-use format. I tried the elementary level Vocabulary and Grammar section today.

omg, this is amazing.

it's nice. I like it. double, triple like it. :D

Wow! It's amazing! Thank you very much!

Thank you! I'll keep working on the site, to make it a useful place for people studying Korean. 날다람쥐 TOPIK practice exams online ^^

Saturday, August 6, 2011

All levels, all the time!

Okay! It's a major day for 날다람쥐 TOPIK, because as of today there are 300 questions up on the site - that's ALL the multiple choice questions from ALL three difficulty levels of the 22nd administration of the Test Of Proficiency In Korean. The only questions not available are the written response questions (about six questions per level, manually graded and thus not a part of the site).

I don't know whether I'll put time into adding more questions from other test dates right now; it takes a lot of work to get them up, and right now there's quite enough for people to try out all the levels and see how they would do on a real TOPIK. Time to start telling people about the site and see if anybody uses it...

날다람쥐 TOPIK 한국어능력시험 online!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Two outa three ain't bad

I just finished putting up 100 more questions: all the multiple-choice from the 22nd Intermediate test. (That's 22회 중급!) So: go try it out! New interface for selecting problem sets too! 날다람쥐 한국어능력시험!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Take a look, cool people!

Okay! I took a couple days off, but now version 5 is release feature complete! That means you can access, RIGHT NOW, 100 Korean questions from the 22nd TOPIC exam (초급/Elementary level)! You can log in to keep your progress, you can instantly see which questions you've done and whether you've gotten them right, you can easily navigate to the next question in a set, and this includes ALL the listening questions, with just the right segments of audio that you need to hear!

I'm not advertising this to the whole world yet, but I do want certain cool people to take a look and let me know what's good, and what can be improved! So please take a look at the main site but principally the

날다람쥐 TOPIK interface

and let me know what you think!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Progress! Almost ready for people to see...

Questions for the vocabulary and grammar, writing, and listening sections of elementary TOPIK test 22 are up on the site! After I get the reading questions up, it'll be time for people to start checking it out. The structure of the site itself is just about set, just a few more features for happier user experience, and it'll be ready to roll!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Things that are annoying

Things that are annoying include realizing that you should have made examples with the structure of questions, because that's what they are: example questions. So then you have to go back and re-write a bunch of crap, and your only solace is that it really will save eons of time later on when you're just adding all the material that's structured in this way. Which is pretty decent solace, really. I guess.

Version 5 will be totally multi-user!

Just added multi-user access to the new (not yet released). And I used to think cookies were weird and hard to work with! So easy. I love Google App Engine + Python. Also I'm pretty pleased to have designed possibly the least-annoying sign-up procedure ever, combining sign-up and sign-in into just one interface element, with just two fields to fill in: email and password. It's not designed for security, but it NAILS simplicity.

Oh my gosh Twitter

Well now you can follow @naldaramjui. This is definitely the thing to do. Just think of all good reasons to do this thing. There are so many such reasons, I won't even mention them. You know what I'm talking about.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Now there's a facebook page!

I just made a facebook page, because it was more fun than continuing to do the work I was in the middle of! Now people can totally like the idea of this, via facebook! THAT MUST BE WORTH SOMETHING, RIGHT?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Version 5 is on the way!

Version 5 will be totally cool. I just improved the basic structure of the HTML lying around by using Django templating, which makes design changes way easier. I love it. Data structures for TOPIK questions are just about all set up, so v.5 should come along quickly now and offer full TOPIK question type functionality (except for constructed-response questions). Hurrah!

Monday, June 27, 2011

There's a blog!

Sometimes, when you're making a web site, you want to write things, but you don't want to write those things on the web site, because the web site is busy DOING STUFF. So then you make a blog.