"If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason."

- Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts
Bloo Version 7 Done!

Done but not yet deloyed. I may deploy it tonight.

So far the only blog I've upgraded to build 7 is Out of the Bloo.. The others will follow shortly.

This was a big one.

Watch me for the changes . . .

Yet another update on build 7

I've had funner releases . . .

This one is just taking awhile, and other work has encroached on it. I think it will be worth it when it's done, but - yowza - lots of 2 steps forward, one step back on this one.

I'm a bit frustrated. I hope to have this release done this week, in any event. We'll see. I have some other web-dev I'm on the hook for.

Another update on build 7

The settings administration has been refactored. There's now a number of classes that I can remove from Bloo, although I think I'll keep them where they are through this release.

Virtual themes next, then the release.

Update on build 7

I'm working feverishly on Build 7. It will include a refactoring of the Settings administration and - finally - the ability to create virtual themes.

I keep getting sidetracked on other improvements. Focus, focus, focus . . .

Bloo version 1.00.a.006 released

The sixth alpha build of Bloo has been released. There was nothing earthshattering in this release, but it was a lot of work (um, does that make sense? I'm punchy).

I knew I would have to redo all the base CSS before too many canned themes and cascaded themes were created, and before I opened up the ability for blog admins to create themes on the fly.

The themes in Bloo generally cascade off of one another (and most will cascade ultimately from the bloo_base theme, which is not a public theme. Guess it would help if I'd document that :-) - but, basically, this means that the base theme has to be very clean to avoid later chaos. I have cleaned it up a lot.

I also have introduced tabbed menus in the look and feel section, and have made the menus smarter (so they know and visually show when they have been selected, etc.)

In addition, the RSS feed, which was hosed, is now fixed.

Most of tha alpha blogs have been updated. There is a new issue with the Lintefiniel theme that I just discovered - heh, I guess I know one of the bugs to be fixed in release 7!

I'm punchy. Thank you all you alpha testers. Good night!

Oh, and watch me for the changes . . .

Sourceforge CVS - yeah!

CVS is working again. Cool.

Bloo version 1.00.a.005 released

This is a quick upgrade - some of the alpha testers were requesting Quicktags for help in HTML formatting when creating posts, so they were obliged. Other than that there was just an obscure bug fix that prevents the system from going to Narnia in a frisbee if a careless developer has a syntax error in a descriptor file.

More coming! Watch me for the changes . . .

Sourceforge CVS . . . meh

Sourceforge's developer CVS service has been down for days. Last I looked they hoped to have it restored by tomorrow. Evidently something important went belly-up.

So the CVS for Bloo is lagging behind the releases.

Bloo version 1.00.a.004 released

Last night I released the fourth alpha build of Bloo. It's had four downloads already (which always kinda amazes me - who's downloading this thing? Spambots?).

This was mainly a fix in response to problems discovered in Alpha testing - and I'm really grateful to my friend Jen for giving me webspace on her site and becoming an alpha tester because her version of PHP is newer and I found a deprecation problem there, and also found a problem related to how cookies were being handled on subdomained sites. Both of these problems are fixed.

In addition, a new extension called "PreviousPosts" was created - nifty sidebar snapon that shows the ten posts previous to your latest one. And, finally, I turned on email services for comments, so that when a Bloo blog gets a comment the author of the post gets an email. Basic stuff.

There are now four alpha testers (more on these awesome people later). I will be walking them through the look and feel section in a bit, as I'll need feedback on the very important (and darn risky!) philosophical bent that this software has toward how to modify the look of a blog.

In release five I hope to have a kaptcha (at the least) to combat spam. Spam demolishing and file uploading are two basic features still missing from Bloo.

Watch me for the changes . . .