July 28, 2001

Still haven’t started coding the new version of Gossip 🙁 I want to code but I also feel reluctant to begin anything new … plus, I’ve been looking into how best I could do some XML parsing since a major feature of the current Gossip is its ability to parse RSS 0.9 format news backend files. Unfortunately, Gossip chokes on post 0.9 format RSS files … so I need to make the XML file parsing a bit more versatile to handle any version of the RSS format. I have been thinking about that but haven’t really done much – not even get online to do some research …

Heard from Tyran Ormond who pointed out several bugs in the current releease of Blog which is causing him headaches at his site. I frequently have this problem of thinking things through only from my perspective and that’s what happened at least in one instance – I assumed (which is always a bad thing <g>) that everybody will be publishing their journals with a .HTM extension and so all archived entries have that extension. Unfortunately, Tyran is using some PHP code to facilitate comments and so his files had to have a PHP extension and guess what? Blog doesn’t support that!! I did some quick reworking and got him a build which fixed the problem but I got to thinking about it and realized that the arhicved file extension should not be a global value but rather a per site value since you might want one extension for one site and anoter for another site just as you might want different templates for different sites. The quick and dirty fix that I did for Tyran was a global solution but I’m going to recode things to make it a site specific value. Of course that means another database change and another menu entry added to the Blog Data Conversion Utility – what else is new? :p

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The most interesting thing that happened yesterday was that I got mentioned on Call For Help on TechTV :p Before any of you start thinking that it was for any of my apps, let me hasten to disillusion you 🙂 They were discussing blogs on Call For Help and were asking for people’s opinions in the chat room. I went in there because I wanted to let them know about Blog since not many even know that Blog exists <g> but as is normal for me for some weird reason, I ended up promoting Noah Grey’s (the guy who created GreyMatter – an excellent albeit not to my test blogging system) site :p I really like the photographs and writing on Noah’s site and so the reference was well deserved .. Anyway, they quoted me on CFH as being for blogs but I can’t recall my exact words. I guess nobody caught that since I haven’t heard from anybody about it :p

I’ve been getting some feedback on the News Reader idea and it’s all been positive so far. I really am not sure that I should be taking on another app but hey, what’s life without a challenge? <vbg> So I have started planning out what I want the app to do – actually it most probably will not be a new app per se since I’m basically planning to take Gossip and extend its functionality so that it will do triple duty as a backend news reader, a news group reader and a binary harvester. I am not positive about the binary harvester part though till I have gotten the preliminary coding under way. Will I start coding this week? I’d like to but I don’t know whether I will or not – it depends on a lot of things like how I’m feeling, whether I wanna watch movies and a lot of other intangibles like that :p

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