Knute Snortum

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After 25 years of programming, Knute has retired to be a professional musician. Knute first learned BASIC and Cobol on a CPM Timeshare system circa 1985. He spent way too long coding in one flavor of Business Basic or another. Going back to college, he learned C and a whole new world opened up to him. Knute likes Perl and Java, for completely opposite reasons. Knute is a complex person.
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Recent posts by Knute Snortum

Thanks, I got it working.  I'll tell what I did, but first a clarification: the structure I posted was the one you see if you go into Project Settings and click on the Modules tab.  My directory structure looks like this:

Taking a cue from you post, I added a Python module like this:

This cleared everything up.
3 months ago

I've used IntelliJ Java and Kotlin development for several years but I still have problem with Modules in the Project Structure.  I have an existing Kotlin project and I want to add a Python module because I have a quick and dirty utility that helps build one of the files.  Modules in Project Structure looks like this:

Now I want to add a Python module to the Wordle project.  How do I do that?

(I case anyone is interested in the Wordle project I wrote, it's here.)
3 months ago
That looks perfect, thanks!
6 months ago
It turns out that my server does have Node.js (server-side JavaScript) so I could have written everything in JS.  That might be something to try later on.
7 months ago
Hello Piet and Stephan and thanks you for your kind words.

1) The use of PHP was purely because it's what my web server company offers, but it did take me back to when I was programming in Perl.  I thought about writing it all in JavaScript, but I wasn't sure how I could get at the dictionaries on the server.  There's probably some way, but I don't know it.  I did want to try a client-server setup though.

2) I don't know how you would communicate from a client to a Java back-end, although I'm sure it happens all the time.

3) You can certainly use one of the English text dictionary files I use.  I'll try attaching the Collins dictionary -- I don't think it will be too big.

Stephan: I haven't heard of Laravel, I'll look into it.
7 months ago

Good to see you back, Knute

Thanks, Campbell.

And thanks, Val for the suggestions.  I will try them out.
7 months ago
Thank you!  Yes, web design has always been my weak point.  It's probably something I should look into.
7 months ago
Basically because my website server (Tiger Tech) only has PHP available.  I might have done the backend in Java or Node.js otherwise.
7 months ago
(Is this the best place to ask for changes to the website?)

In the very first web page when you go to, there is no where too login to.  It took me several minutes to think that the login might be behind the "Sign Up" button.  Why not just change the Sign up button to say "Sing Up / Login"?
7 months ago
(Is this the best place to suggest changes to your website? )

When you're composing a new message and you click New Topic, the is nothing in the New Topic page to indicate where the new message is going to post.  I would suggest changing the header of the window from "New Topic" to "New Topic in <name_of_forum>".  This gets rid of any ambiguity concerning where the message will post.
7 months ago
Hi everyone!  I've created a hobby project, a web app that uses HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP for the backend.  It helps you have find words in games like Scrabble, Wordle, and crosswords.  The code is here: and it's live here:  Any useful comments would be welcomed.

There is an extensive help page on how to use the app in the footer.  You can find Wordle and crossword puzzles at the NY Times and Washington Post sights.

(I've cross-posted this to the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript forum.)
7 months ago
I'm used to Scene Builder being a stand-alone program, so if there's no integration, I can live with that.

Thanks for the reply!
1 year ago
I don't have problems setting up very simple projects in IntelliJ IDEA, but when it comes to JavaFX projects, I get confused.  I noticed that there is a chapter on JavaFX.  How much depth do you go into this subject?
1 year ago