UWPClasses: List Classes and Construct Schedules
- Jan., 2013: A package for installing UWPClasses on Macs is now
available; see below.
- Dec., 2012: An option to write data to a "comma separated
values" file has been added. You can then load such a file into Excel or
other spreadsheet to generate reports.
- Nov., 2012: It appears that if you run UWPClasses in PlayOnMac
(such as on a PowerMac), then schedules will print incorrectly. Printing
from Windows does work, of course. It also works to print from within
VMware Fusion on a Mac.
- March, 2012: Thanks to work done by OIT, data used by
UWPClasses is now updated once every five minutes. If you have
UWPClasses open for a while, you might want to click on the Reload button
to refresh your schedule.
- Sept., 2009: UWPClasses now generates Zimbra calendar entries
for the classes. See the 'Calendar' item in the Help menu for directions.
This application helps generate schedules. Note it does not register
students for classes. The student still needs to do that in PASS.
The application will run on any Windows-based system that has access to the
Internet. No installation is required: just save the program on the
computer - perhaps on the desktop - and run it. The program lists open
classes and allows the user to select sections to be placed on a schedule.
Sections which meet at a conflicting time are then marked in red. You can
also print the schedule on a printer. For more detail, see the help menu
in the application.
Note that you don't need to do anything to install this application:
just download it and run it. Installs are only needed for complex
applications that include lots of supporting files. UWPClasses is a
relatively simple application and will not interfere with
others on your computer.
The data used by UWPClasses comes directly from the nightly snapshot
known as "DataMart". This means that the data can be up to 24 hours out of
date. For "real time" data, log in to PASS.
If you find errors in the data shown by UWPClasses, first check to see
if the same error is in PASS. If it is, the problem must be
corrected by the Registrar's office. Even if it has been corrected in
PASS, the fact that UWPClasses can be working from data that's 24
hours old means that it may take a while before UWPClasses is using the
correct data. If you've confirmed that the Peoplesoft information has been
correct for at least 24 hours, please send email to hasker
describing the problem as precisely as possible.
The program does work over dial-up connections, but there's a large
amount of data involved so it takes several minutes to start up and switch
semesters. If nothing seems to be loading, try using your web browser to
check that your internet connection is working.
Support for Macintosh and Linux computers
To run UWPClasses on a Mac,
and unpack it to the desktop. Then just open UWPClasses.app. This is known
to work on Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion); information about experiences with
other versions of OSX is welcome.
This package was created was created
using Wineskin. A
related package, Wine, can be used to run it on Linux computers. If the
above package does not work for you, an alternative is to use PlayOnMac:
You can then start UWPClasses in the future simply by opening it - it will
start PlayOnMac automatically.
- Download PlayOnMac by going to the downloads page and
clicking on the link "Click here to download the latest version of PlayOnMac".
- Once the file has downloaded, open it and click on the PlayOnMac
icon. PlayOnMac depends on another package, XQuartz; it will download
XQuartz and start to install it.
- When the XQuartz window comes up, click on the Continue button. Accept
the default options to each question. At some point it will say
"Install for all users of this computer"; you need to click on this text
before the install will continue.
- After installing XQuartz, PlayOnMac will install Microsoft fonts and do
an "application list update".
- Once PlayOnMac in installed, opening UWPClasses (or any Windows
application) will start the PlayOnMac Assistant:
- Click on Continue.
- When prompted for a name, enter a reasonable application name and click
on Next. Note: it's important to enter a name or the application
will not run correctly.
- When asked to make a shortcut, click on No (since UWPClasses runs
without an installation).
- Click on Next when it reports the installation is finished.
For Linux systems you will need to install the Wine package. If you have
experiences with this, please forward them
to me so they can be shared