In the past few months, I've written many small test programs to experiment with Weapon M's subsystems, like the terminal and the database. But now I'm actually putting them together into a single application. That's a project in itself. For example, I'm currently pondering, in my obsessively perfectionist way, the best method of notifying all the different components of events like loading a database or establishing a network connection. But once I get this basic framework set up, the other components will start falling into place quickly. The data capture, graphical map, and script system are each going to take a significant amount of time, but it will be exciting work.
As my design evolves, it's interesting how it begins to superficially resemble Kokua. Kokua is the open-source helper that opened my eyes to the power of lexers and inspired my vision of how Weapon M would work. It even had some innovative features that I came up with independently, or perhaps subconsciously noted, like sector number linking in the terminal. It's a shame that Kokua didn't evolve further, but I think it was crippled by the difficulties of working with JFlex and JavaSSH.