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Ah, Sunday...

Sometimes you have to cleave off a whole day and say today I am doing what I want to do. I spent from breakfast 'till dinner happily reinventing the wheel. While ashacat was off helping friends paint their soon-to-be nursery, I plunked down in the living room with my laptop, a small pile of O'Reilly books, and coded.

I'm calling this project µBlog. Written in Perl, with a MySQL database on the back-end, and cascading style sheets (CSS) controlling the looks, microblog is exactly what the name implies. It's a stripped-down version of a blogging system – something that dreams of being LiveJournal when it grows up. My plan is to use it internally at work for departmental blogs.

This is the planned feature list, with the cross-outs the items I got through today
Post ActionsRead ActionsAdmin ActionsUser Actions
Add entryRead firstAdd blogChange password
Edit entryRead lastEdig blogUser pics
Delete entryMost recent 20Delete blog 
 PermalinkAdd user 
 View specific entryDelete user 
 CommentsChange password 
 Chaining (1st <> last)Assign permissions 


As you can see, I got a lot done, but there's still a lot to do. Right now I'm doing all of the admin tasks directly on the database (connecting using MS Access via ODBC). A little experience (and some SQL) goes a long way: this is so much easier than the last time I tried something like this back in '99.

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half_elf_lost
Mar. 6th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
LOL! I noticed the read first/read last. You're reinventing the parts of LJ you don't like!
netcurmudgeon
Mar. 8th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Acutally, as the plan is to create a lightweight blog for posting info for my folks at work (who have a genuine need to see the latest news first), the "most recent 20" feature is in usual blog order. The read first and read last is to zip to the very oldest blog entry and the very newest respectively. I still need to code in the chaining that will allow you to move from single entry to single entry. As a sign of how much this stupid cold has knocked me on my ass - I'm too conked to code.
half_elf_lost
Mar. 8th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
If it were me....(and I am a high-maintenance user), I'd want it to remember the date of my last logon and open it from there.

Hope you're feeling better. My middle mammal just went back to school today after 3 days of it.
netcurmudgeon
Mar. 8th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'd want it to remember the date of my last logon and open it from there.

My friend, you assume that I care about end-users. This is a tool for the IT elite to make pronouncements from Mount Network down to the IT prolitariat! They should always see the most recent declarations and edicts first! (Really, I'm kiding. I hadn't, however, planned on accounts for users who weren't posters ... though that adds an intriguing layer onto the problem)

Hope you're feeling better. My middle mammal just went back to school today after 3 days of it.

What you described -- alternately laughing at videos and running to puke -- is , un, "telling detail". Poor kid.

The word from a colleague who had this last week is that I have another day of "don't make any plans" before I can reasonably expect to get back to work.
half_elf_lost
Mar. 9th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
What? Surely you jest!?! Doesn't IT LIVE for the end users? *falls down convulsively laughing*

I now have visions of my company's geeky IT folks running around in skimpy togas. And that is not a pretty sight. Your overlapping of ancient religion and Communist hierarchy gave me the giggles though.

We can lend you those Mr. Bean videos, you know. At least you can laugh between the puking.
netcurmudgeon
Mar. 9th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thankfully the crud that's making its way around my office is the non-puking sort: it's more of an uber-cold that's been knocking people right off their feet for three days or more.

I now have visions of my company's geeky IT folks running around in skimpy togas.

Hoo boy. I think that we're prtty representative of IT ... there are a couple of folks in my organization who would probably look smashing in a toga. Then there's the rest of us. Ow. 'Course, now I'm visualizing togas and Chairman Mao caps. Hmmm, Windows for Dummies reduced down to Little Red Book size?
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