Fallen and Can't Get Up

Posted: Friday August 15 2008 @ 7:46am

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 1.2 Released

Posted: Friday August 15 2008 @ 7:46am

Category: Main

PolkaDot 1.2 has two new features. First, the RSS feeds have been expanded to include the category-specific feeds. In other words, if you use the RSS feed on the Tea page, then you'll get just the tea-related posts.

Second, PolkaDot now lets you page back to earlier posts. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page. It's not very sophisticated. (Nor is PolkaDot as a whole.) But it works.

Another change is that PolkaDot now actually uses the correct construct for fetching parameter values from the query string. I was lazy in the initial coding.

I don't have any other major features planned.

Now You're a Real Boy

Posted: Friday August 15 2008 @ 7:46am

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!

Freshmeat Submission

Posted: Friday August 15 2008 @ 7:46am

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!

RSS Feeds

Posted: Friday August 15 2008 @ 7:46am

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.

PolkaDot 1.1 Released

Posted: Friday August 15 2008 @ 7:46am

Category: Main

I've officially released PolkaDot 1.1. The only added feature is RSS 2.0 feeds. This also required adding another option in the config.php file. Sorry about that.

My goal is to allow users to upgrade by simply replacing the index.php file, leaving their configuration and styles alone. Alas, I had to add an additional option. Just look at config.php. It's pretty clear what to add.


Posted: Friday August 15 2008 @ 7:46am

Category: Main

I guess I should have checked Freshmeat before posting that I had submitted PolkaDot. By the time I posted, it had already been approved as a project.

In submitting it, I learned three things about Freshmeat that I didn't know:

  1. There's an approval process. They reject things that they deem trivial. (I was a little worried about that requirement.)
  2. Projects don't have to be open source.
  3. Projects must run on either the PalmOS or on a Unix-like OS. No Windows-only software allowed.

Of course, it was approved in the wee hours of the morning and had fallen pretty far down the front page by morning.

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