Using GradeL

GradeL is a gradebook application, where a teacher keeps grades and attendance records for his students. It is in beta but is under active development and works well enough for my daily use.

Being in beta, bugs and features may change greatly from one release to another. The following refers to version 0.12.2.

FEATURES
Can track attendance. Works fine with non-ASCII characters (e.g. ├▒).

INSTALLATION
Binary packages were not available for my distribution, so I downloaded the source code of version 0.12.2. Per the README, I first installed the following packages from my package manager:

  • gambas2-devel (not explicitly mentioned in README, but required)
  • gambas2-gb-form
  • gambas2-gb-net
  • gambas2-gb-net-curl
  • gambas2-gb-qt
  • gambas2-gb-qt-ext
  • gambas2-runtime

I then installed GradeL with checkinstall thus:

$ sh ./compile.sh
$ su
# checkinstall sh ./install.sh
# rpm -Uh /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/i586/gradel-x.x.x.i586.rpm

USE
There is a well documented end-user wiki and an active user forum.

TIPS AND TRICKS
Issues I have encountered in the current build are:

  • Dates are displayed in U.S. short format, MM/DD/YY, and there appears to be no way to change this.
  • The period and exam weights control (found in Setup) does not accept changes. As a workaround, I edit the values directly in filename.gdl.
  • Upon launch, GradeL will automatically load the previous file used. If the previous file has been moved or renamed, GradeL will fail to open and send an error message to stdout. Workaround: Open the configuration file ~/.gradel and find the line that specifies the previously used file. Delete, edit, or comment out (with a hash) that line. Save the configuration file and relaunch GradeL.

BACKUP CONSIDERATIONS
The configuration file ~/.gradel can be safely excluded from your backup set.

ALTERNATIVES
If GradeL does not suit your needs, there are other gradebook applications for Linux.

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About Warren Post

So far: Customer support guy, jungle guide, IT consultant, beach bum, entrepreneur, teacher, diplomat, over-enthusiastic cyclist. Tomorrow: who knows?
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