WordLog

A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Tigert Loves WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:53 pm

Tuomas Kuosmanen, a gnome, gimp and evolution developer, has this to say after he upgraded his blog to v1.5 :

So I upgraded my blog to WordPress 1.5 by following the documentation on their wiki and wow, they changed the default template! And I love it. Now, 1.5 has themes, so I did manage to restore my own old template in 2 minutes as a theme, but then it looked so crappy compared to this :-) – maybe I’ll just keep using this new one because it is so good.. I did a quick hack title picture for now, I those will be fun to alter every now and then…

Very nice, this blog engine has been a joy to use and this makes it even better. Great free software!

Coming from someone whose work I admire, these are encouraging words. To this day, when I happen across a blog and I see it powered by WordPress, I feel happy, and when it’s the blog of someone I admire, I am positively ecstatic!

Now if only tigert would make us WordPress wallpapers and icons, along the lines of his other wallpapers ;)

Jamin Likes WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:29 am

I am happy to see that Gnome developer Jamin likes WordPress. He has a few kind words to say about WordPress’ usability :

blogging software: WordPress 1.5 is a pleasure to use. I particularly love the settings for dealing with comment spam:

The main reason I switched from Movable Type to WordPress was due to the restrictive license changes for MT. So I switched for philosophical reasons. But now I’m enjoying the practical benefits.

Monday, February 21, 2005

WP now in SVN

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:07 am

WordPress now uses a Subversion Repository! Subversion is smooth, creamy and topped with a cherry.

Matt says everyone should do the following to use it anonymously (everyone except the devs can use the following instructions) :

svn co http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/trunk/
…HACK HACK HACK…
svn status
svn diff > patch.txt
GOTO http://mosquito.wordpress.org and file that patch/bug!
svn update

Right now let’s put all code changes through mosquito. Something cool
about `svn diff` is it’s an offline operation, ie you can do it on a plane.

More details on using SVN here

There’s a mailing list with commit messages, in case you are interested. If you are subscribed to the old wp-cvs list, you do not need to subscribe again. This is a cool way to stay up to date with changes to WordPress.
So go ahead and subvert!

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Will Old Plugins Work?

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:12 pm

A common question in upgraders’ minds seems to be whether the old plugins will work with version 1.5

A lot of them will, some won’t. Here’s a brief overview of what might break. ‘Plugins’ that required you to edit source files other than index.php may be broken when you upgrade, overwriting the files. Some plugins might be affected by the restructuring of the index.php page, if you decide to use the new all-split-up index.php. The change involved in using the $wpdb class to access tables should not affect any plugins that use the old method (of using one variable for each table) since backward compatibility was maintained when the change was made. Plugins that use a menu page of their own might break. So would plugins that used or referenced files or options that are no longer a part of the core, like the geo-* functions, and the links-rating-images.

So good luck with getting the plugins working.

I urge plugin authors to upgrade their plugins, and check if everything still works, and user to urge plugin authors to do the same.

I know I have a couple of plugins of mine to review.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

WordPress 1.5 “Strayhorn” is Out.

Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:46 pm

Get ready to upgrade to “Strayhorn“, WordPress 1.5. Released at around 01:24 (UTC) on Feb 15th, Strayhorn is named after the legendary Billy Strayhorn.

There are changes too numerous to list in a sentence, and you have to upgrade to see the beauty, elegance and simplicity. Change is challenging, but very rewarding.

Let the word spread!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

WP file loading order

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:53 am

From gnomedia codeworks comes this neat nested list showing the order in which WordPress “loads” files, or, in other words the order in which WP uses the files to generate your blog, upon request.

Also seen at the same site is this set of instrcution as to how to make WP slimmer. But hold on a minute, if you really don’t need feeds, comments and all that you think is “excessive”, don’t link to the feeds (but still leave it in there for someone to use if they want to, and know where to find it), and turn off the commenting options etc through the admin interface. How much server space will you save by deleting 10 files? What utility or ease of use will you really gain by deleting the files?

How Fast?

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:34 am

I was goofing around with Wordpress last night and in 10 minutes I had it downloaded, installed and all my MT archives imported. It took less time to do that than it does to upgrade Movable Type to the latest version.

From Da Brettman Speaks.

I never looked at it that way before. As an old MT user, though, I have to admit I was overwhelmed at the prospect of changing stuff related to my blog, and it’s a lot easier to bend WordPress to my will. I have to say that the Template Tag system MT uses is supposed to be easier, but I’d pose a question to my readers – did it really take you longer to figure out WordPress’ template tags, than it did to figure out how MT’s tags work?

Also, dabrettman goes on to say…

And it’s not like Wordpress isn’t robust. It’s just not as, uh, consuming, I guess. I just know that installing MT from scratch like I did Wordpress last night requires some work, even if you don’t want to do much with it other than simply use it and not make tinkering with it a serious hobby or profession

Amen! WordPress is far easier for those of us that do not intend to make tweaking our blogs a hobby, or a time-consuming chore, depending on how you look at it.

It takes a lot to get me to redesign my blog, or even activate a new plugin. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

WordPress “sponsored result”

Filed under: — Carthik @ 6:29 am

Searching google for WordPress returns the usual results, and a Sponsored Link on the right, which points to the WordPress home page. Wonder who is paying for the ad.

Since http://wordpress.org is the first result returned for the search, it seems rather wasteful to have the sponsored result display on this search result page. It would be nice to have it turn up for searches for other terms (evil thoughts are blooming in my mind right now :) ).

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Shuttle

Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:48 pm

So What Exactly is “Shuttle” ?

Work in Progress…

P.S. Don’t you hate it when someone links to pages the way I have above – where the anchors to the links tell you nothing about the words? I do, but I couldn’t resist posting a bunch of links real fast.

Ryan Brooks Does WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:23 pm

Ryan, a web applications developer from Calgary, Alberta, reviews WordPress. The title, “Wordpress, a Programmer’s Review” caught my attention, so I decided to stop by and read it.

He has some nice things to say about WordPress, and the support system, and the usual remark about the documentation not being upto the mark. Ryan, we all hope that given some time (and stability) there will be good developer documentation to pass around. But really, all you need is a WordPress phpXref site and php.net. Of course, you have #wordpress on irc.freenode.net if you have any pressing questions regarding how things work. All said, I still cannot dodge the fact that there are far too few man hours going into the documentation effort, and part of it is my fault (As it is yours, random WordPress user.)

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

WP1.5 now Gamma

Filed under: — Carthik @ 8:47 pm

Yes folks, it’s that time in the cycle when the version is bumped up to 1.5-gamma. Watch out, intense radioactivity ahead!

There a bunch of bugs, and a few kinks with recently added features that need to be ironed out yet. It’s work in progress, and it will get done one of these days. Kudos and thanks to Matt, Ryan, Michel, Dougal and all the other developers who have been bug-fixin’ lately.

Quicktags for Comments

Filed under: — Carthik @ 8:41 pm

Arvind reminds me that the comments template for 1.5 themes can use Quicktags for the comment-entry field. Makes it a lot easier for visitors to add links to their comments, besides other things.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Bounties for WordPress Development

Filed under: — Carthik @ 11:49 pm

There’s a bounty of $1000 for WordPress that’s wedged on whether WordPress gets released before, or on Valentine’s Day.

Towards that end, we are offering a BOUNTY for the release of WordPress 1.5 .That’s right – we will pay CASH (paypal donations) towards the development of specific milestones and special initiatives taken on by the WP dev team and individual WP users.

We will donate up to $1000.00 to WordPress.Org if WP 1.5 is finished by Valentine’s Day.

Bounties are welcome, and will help the project, but Multi-blogging in 1.5 ? That’s pushing it too far. Remember, WordPress 1.5 is already beta, and it’s not too long before it is released. There are a few kinks and bugs to be resolved, and some more testing needs to take place.

It’s great that people seem to have a lot of plans to make money using/for WordPress, but let’s not lose the spirit here. WordPress is in a strange situation – being a Open Source project, along the lines of other *nix based projects, and a truly global cross-platform application which is popular in it’s niche. A lot of the users and the community members are not essentially committed to open source software as a way of lifeuse a non-free Operating System and the concomitant tools. Even if they were, they may not be too familiar with what can usually be expected of such projects, how things work, etc. Sometimes when I read about the problems associated with beta testing, and some of the complaints, I am given to thinking that it is a case of gross over-reaction – but then when I remember that the profile of the average WordPress user is not that of a Linux/FreeBSD user, I understand why the complaints arise. The WordPress project is very personal and intimate to many of it’s users, and that’s what makes the community special. The project is responsive to users and there seems to be less of a “gap” between users and developers. One only needs to look at other such projects to find some to compare WordPress to (Azureus?, FireFox?, others?).

It would help us all to remember that this is a voluntary project still, and no amount of money or complaining will make it otherwise. Pressuring the developers, or the community at large, will have little effect. That said, I am confident that the developers are concerned about releasing 1.5. One only needs to look at the changelog at the bugtracker, or subscribe to the CVS mailing list to see the number of bug-fixes that are being committed daily.

I will not trackback that post here, and I think not many members of the community would do that either – not because we don’t need the money, but because there always seems to be someone else in the community who seems to have put it so much more effort than one’s self, for so little, that it would seem immodest to stake a claim as being an important contributor. In my eyes, no one person invovled in a project like this is more important than the others – speaking in an absolute sense. In a relative, subjective sense, yes, there are people that I respect more than others. I have my favourite developers, users, documentors and #wordpress hang-outers. If I had a thousand dollars, I would gladly send gifts to these individuals, without advertising it, perhaps.

Since they are looking for suggestions – the best way to influence the development of WordPress in the future is to not try too hard to influence the direction and leave it to the collective wisdom of the users and the developers. Huge bounties such as this one may work, but then again (more likely) will not work, since money is not the primary motivator. Smaller bounties for specific plugins, directed at the normal plugin-author, or cash or gifts to some of the best known supporters at the Forums, the bug tracker, the Codex, or even some of the better known plugin writers would be a great way to provide an incentive to members of the community who help the community in whatever way they choose to. Who’s to say a support volunteer is not as important as a developer?

If it’s not clear by now – we* don’t it for the money – nor do we do it for the fame, though recognition is nice. It is not entirely clear why people contribute to open source projects – but let me hazard a guess here — It’s because all of us are free, most of us are good**, and some of us want what is good to be free.

*Not just me – me and some of my friends.
**The rest of us work for <insert evil spamming company here>

Interview with a link spammer

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:50 am

The Register interviews a link spammer. Pretty ordinary and nothing new learned, but it might make for an interesting read. What amazes me is the amount of money these guys claim to be making.

 

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