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Freshmeat Submission

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

I made my first ever project submission to Freshmeat last night . With any luck, the world will soon know of the magic that is PolkaDot!


Now You're a Real Boy

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

PolkaDot now has a real live user-base. That's right. This is no longer the only PolkaDot powered blog on the net.

PolkaDot is proud to present the UW-HEP IT Blog!

The what? It's short for "University of Wisconsin High Energy Physics Core Information Technology Blog." How cool is that? The first real PolkaDot user is into High Energy Physics. (I took just enough physics in college to know that Steve the High Energy Physics Guy must be pretty smart.)

Not only is Steve actually using PolkaDot in the real world, he's enhancing the software.

If you've tried paging back to earlier posts, you may have noticed that PolkaDot lets you page back to before the first post. In fact, it'll let you page back as far as you like. (I suppose at some point the variable holding the post number will overflow.) Steve fixed it. Very nicely, too.

He also added some configuration options that were long overdue, like the format of the posted date, whether to provide an RSS feed, and what to call that list-o-links on the right.

These enhancements all fit well into the PolkaDot design philosophy and will be included in the next official release.

Thanks Steve!


Posting From a PDA

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

PolkaDot's use of simple text files means you can post from anything with an FTP client, like your PDA.

(I'm posting this from my PDA.)


PolkaDot Philosophy

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Since I mentioned the PolkaDot Philosophy in the previous post, I should expound on what that is:

  1. Installation means dumping the files on a PHP server. Nothing else. Dump 'em and the blog should work.
  2. Configuration is all in config.php. This lets folks upgrade to later versions without having to redo their config file.
  3. Configuration is optional. (People will, of course, at least change things like the blog name. But it needs to work right out of the box. So none of the configuration defaults should prevent an installation from working.)

That's it. That's the PolkaDot Philosophy!


RSS Feeds

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

I have a general rule that I don't read blogs that lack RSS feeds. That makes it a little embarrassing because PolkaDot doesn't provide an RSS feed.

So I added the functionality today. It's RSS 2.0. (Sorry ATOM and RDF fans, RSS is all you get. Mainly because I'm hand-coding it and RSS 2.0 is the simplest with which to deal.)

I'm not releasing the new code yet. I haven't really tested it out very well. But it does validate. And it works in FireFox's LiveBookmarks, Sage, and via NetVibes.


Initial Release of PolkaDot

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

PolkaDot is really cheap and easy blogging software. You just dump a couple files in a directory and then dump text files along with them. The software turns them into posts. You can add categories by making sub-directories.

The main info page for PolkaDot contains FAQs and the source code.


PolkaDot 1.4.2 Released

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Yep, another tiny little minor release. Some of the new code added a variable that wasn't being initialized. So now it's initialized.

Coding is hard!


Fallen and Can't Get Up

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Alas, PolkaDot has fallen off the Freshmeat main page. I guess I had better make some meaningless changes so I can release a new version.

But 220 folks did look at the Freshmeat entry. (And 138 of them followed the link to the site. That's about 138 more than I expected.)


PolkaDot 1.3 Released

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

PolkaDot 1.3 refines the paging mechanism and adds the ability to put posts into multiple categories, via symlinks. This multiple category feature is intended for advanced users:

(Special thanks to the vast PolkaDot Developer Community for pretty much everything in version 1.3.)


Comments!

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

After a few hours of futzing around, I've added comments to PolkaDot.

Now my readers, both of them, can comment on my insightful posts.

Let's see how long it takes for this to complete blow up in my face. Ah, hell, they're just text files. There's only so much that can go wrong.



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