MovableBlog: Archives: June 2002
June 30th, 2002
Didn't notice it before, but the sidebar for MetaFilter is powered by MT. I probably didn't notice it because I assumed that it was powered by the same proprietary blogging system programmed by MeFi's numero uno Matt Haughey.
Important update for those who use MySQL as their backend (I use it for one installation of MT, and would like to for this one, but there's a snag related to a comment having a NULL value). Also, bug fixes.
June 28th, 2002
First Perl plug-in I've seen for MT and it's a neat one. Creates a <MTWordCount> tag to give you the number of words in your entry.
I look forward to seeing more plugins for MT.
June 26th, 2002
Spurred by my idea (and subsequent failure to code a demo of it), the goddesses over at scriptygoddess have come up with a DHTML way of expanding and collapsing inline comments and extended entries.
Be sure to read the comments too.
New features: MySQL database support (don't worry if you don't have it or don't want to use it, you can still use the old file-based database system) and Trackback.
The most useful feature is MySQL support, since PHP has a MySQL interface, this means you can easily create dynamic content from the blog data without even relying on MT tags or any of the MT CGI scripts. The most interesting (and possibly revolutionary) feature, however, is Trackback, which enables a sort of conversation between MT-powered weblogs. While I believe there will be snags related to the conversion of MySQL will be difficult, the concept of Trackback will be the most difficult to explain (the logic of using it with bookmarklets is a little confusing for myself).
Also, the MT website has changed look to celebrate the new release.
June 23rd, 2002
Adds a 'title=' and 'excerpt=' attributes to the <MTGoogleSearch> tags.
[via Google Weblog]
June 19th, 2002
Ben reveals another undocumented feature: no_generate attribute for <MTEntryExcerpt$>.
This is useful for when you want to have an excerpt of your choosing but, when you don't write one in yourself, nothing shows up. Or, you could test to see if there is an excerpt using PHP, and print a message like "No Excerpt." if there's no excerpt.
$excerpt = "<$MTEntryExcerpt no_generate="1"$>";
print "No Excerpt.";
June 15th, 2002
Oh great: only at the end of the one day I where I actually spent the vast majority of it away from my computer do I find out that I could have been a beta tester for MT 2.2. Oh well, I had non-computer-related stuff planned for this weekend anyway.
Anyway, according to Ben's non-subtle hint, version 2.2 will support MySQL databases.
June 7th, 2002
June 4th, 2002
June 2nd, 2002
BTBer (big-time-blogger) Jason Kottke switches from hand-coding to MT. Useful for many (although possibly too nerdy for most) is Kottke's use of the RedirectMatch directive in Apache after changing the URL format of his weblog. Makes for much less 404 errors client-side. It seems to work fairly well: this URL [old] redirects to this URL [new]. It goes to the appropriate monthly archive, although not to the actual post in question (re: "Attack of the Clowns").
I could be wrong, but this might be solved by inserting the following code in between his <MTDateHeader> MT tags for his monthly archive template:
<a name="<$MTEntryDate format="%y%m%d"$>" id="name="<$MTEntryDate format="%y%m%d">"$></a>
Anyway, another convert. The revolution continues.