So if you haven't noticed (eg if you're reading this via rss) I spent a while cleaning up and adding some useful features to this site. Unfortunately it took a little while to do so and involved some pain; you'd always hope that upgrading software and installing new plugins would be pretty simple and straightforward, but we all know how that goes.
I started this process looking for a good Ruby On Rails CMS webapp, as I'm far more familiar nowadays w/ Ruby and the Rails framework than I am w/ PHP. There are a few out there, including radiant and typo, but I don't feel like they currently meet my needs, and in addition I was having quite some trouble getting them up and running (especially Radiant; look out for a post in the very near future on installing Rails software on a webhost).
So I decided to stick w/ drupal for now. Changed the theme to a more configurable one. Indexed the site content & provided a search box (btw for those new to drupal, one can easily index your site content by navigating to http://sitelocation/cron.php, or setup a cron job to wget that url). Added a tag cloud (which required a hack that took a while to discover), code syntax highlighting support, and even a favicon (among other features).
I've also enabled anonymous comments again, having put in place various spam control measures.
As always if anything looks of or doesn't work, feel free to drop me an email and I'll look into it. And be sure to check back soon for new content!
[And for those drupal users who are still reading this far, a good tip to debug any module running on your system, without access to a debugger, is the use the 'watchdog' facility, that provides logger functionality. Results can be viewed in the Drupal admin reports interface which is populated from the Drupal db watchdog table].
So what I had feared had transpired, as I had just realized every post on this site was littered w/ spam comments from anonymous sources. Supposedly there is a drupal module which will filter the spam for you, but honestly I haven't much need for anonymous comments right now anyways, so I disabled it all together. If you notice anything wrong w/ any of my postings, just email me, and if I incorporate your feedback I promise to cite you as the source.
BTW to save anyone in the same situation the hassle; in order to delete all comments from your drupal database you need to not only trucate the 'comments' table but also the 'node_comments_statistics' table, else the comments will be gone but you'll still see 'xyz comments' under each post on your front page.
I've enabled anonymous comments on this site. Looking at many other developers blogs it seems like its a good way to receive feedback and corrections. Its a risky move given the plethora of trolls on the net, but I'll try it until that poses a big problem. Looking forward to reader feedback!
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This is my second attempt at a blog, which in itself is a small part of my entire network overhaul. I've learned alot from my previous attempts, and hopefully this time around everything will go smoothly as planned and I'll get some visitors to the site ;-) Regardless, look forward to the start of commentary on a great deal of issues in the coming weeks. Hope to see you back again!