August 3, 2001

Ok, I made a big boo boo 🙂 I didn’t test one piece of the new functionality properly and that’s the one which had a bug <g> The option to turn off converting carriage returns to HTML paragraph tags had a bug which causes the publishing process to publish blank entries. I have fixed it and have uploaded the distributions again. If anybody who downloaded the Blog 3.5 distribution during the last couple of hours needs the above mentione feature, download the distro again. Otherwise you’re fine … sorry about that 🙂

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jugg and Jason make a great pair of friends to have 🙂 They find bugs, test my apps as soon as I code them and suggest features that I hadn’t even thought of but which make everybody’s lives so much easier – thanks guys! Thanks to Jason Blog has moved from 3.0 to 3.5 because I’ve added so many new options and features that I felt that my original intention of naming this version 3.2 was inappropriate :p I haven’t updated the docs as much as I should but the “What’s New” section lists all the new features and bug fixes. A couple of things to beware of though – the database structure has changed again and so you need to get the latest Database Conversion Utility and I have added a new Edit menu item which you’ll see only if you either replace the existing Blog.cfg file with the new one in the distro or delete the existing one. Other than that, I think everything should be pretty straight forward …

Oh yeah, one more thing – if your journal publishes to a sub-directory on your FTP site, be sure that you have given the absolute path to that directory and not the relative path … Sometimes your ISP sets things up so that when you log in, you will always end up in a particular sub-directory but you have access to the parent directory of that subdirectory as well. In that case, make sure that the sub-directory path you specify in Blog is from the root .. It would have worked fine earlier but not with the new code. I don’t even know if this paragraph makes any sense – seems really complicated even to me :p

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Yesterday was pretty busy in terms of coding but most of it wasn’t for NewsHoard – it was for Blog <g> First of all, I completely revamped the archiving and publishing processes – or at least the FTP part of it so that an FTP connection is not terminated at the end of each file transfer. Instead, the connection is terminated only if the next file transfer is to a different site. This eliminated the multiple FTP connections to the same site that happened in previous versions of Blog. Thanks should again go to Jason for pointing out the problem … Then I heard from Alan Dawson from Bangkok who pointed out that Blog seemed to have problems with system date formats other than the American one :p It took me a while to figure it out but once I did, I fired off a new build to Alan and he tells me today that everything’s fine now. There was also a problem that Jason reported with regards to using menu items in Blog under Win95 and experiencing a crash – I think I fixed it but forgot to ask Jason whether it works now. So all in all, a lot of fixes and features and improvements to Blog – so while I was kind of reluctant to let one of my apps move ahead of the others in terms of version numbers <g>, I think I’ll have to release a new build of Blog soon … maybe today but definitely this weekend 🙂

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