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April 2015 - still coding

written by owen, 2015-Apr-1

‎I am still hacking at code.  I finished the admin screens thankfully, so now posts can be submitted, edited, approved and edited again if needs be.   Also other registered users will be able to access the admin screens.

Now I am editing the layout templates, all 50 of them‎. Over the period of time that this site has been up I have improved the template engine a little in other projects but did not port them back which makes this a painstaking process of find and replace. The templates used to contain print() statements but that messed with the control flow so later I changed to having the template parts "return" their data instead of pushing it to the output buffer.    So I am replacing strings, going through file by file, breaking and updating code as I go along. In some places I wish I had just used a common/shared template but alas I donot want to be implementing new features while I am refactoring lots of little files.

I should probably switch the entire codebase to wordpress or laravel but I would end up messing with dynamic routes which I already have in a bullshit free sitemap table from 12 years ago. Trying to hack them in to OOP space would certainly drive me up the wall and my productivity down the toilet. Even back then I was of the view that a web "page" is a child  ‎of a "website", why would I abstract the page into something else? A page has server side code, and a html template - 2 files.
 The entire website has roughly 50 independent pages. The only thing they share are the common functions, database layer, template engine, and the current user.  On the flip side in other systems a page is a subset of an entire system of controllers and parts and plugins and crap. So any page you touch is like reaching into a bag of scorpions.
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Anyway I don't want to rant on and on about technical details and software architecture. I will probably write an article about it later. Sooner or later I had to get down into the old code.   ‎

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March 2015

written by owen, 2015-Mar-5

I have started doing the boring stuff of reprogramming parts of the website in order to get the new features in place. Some parts are easily shifted around while others have to be re-written, sometimes as much as 3 times. Prepare for technical blabbering

The upload forms

The form that allows the user to submit images to the website is really one of 3 copies, each although similar in interface is slightly different in the way it stores the form data. All this means is that any program code I write has to be translated 3 times and checked 3 times.
1. New post form: New posts and images uploaded on the front end and stay in a temporary session until they are fully submitted to the post_sub table.
2. Admin review form: all submitted items are reviewed in the admin area. These items ‎are stored is a separate "post submitted" table until they are approved and transfer to the "live" table.
3. Website post form;‎ approved items/posts can be edited aand updated now (which I never needed to do in the past) in the live tables.

All these 3 forms allow for multiple jpeg images to be uploaded/deleted and the item text/body to be edited in their respective states.‎ Images can even have captions now.

Photo sets

When I first added photography to the website in 2004 you could only add one 500x‎375 picture. Back then we were limited by slow internet and small display monitors. Eventually I upped the size to 800x600 as speeds got faster, unfortunately I did not keep the original file uploaded back in 2004, so now all the old photos are stuck at thier low resolutions. Flash forward to today 2015 I am allowing multiple photos to be uploaded per post which will require me tinkering around with a lot of old code and CSS. Now instead of one big image, I will have fancy groups of images like on tumblr (pictured above). The last hurdle to cross now is how to determine when to generate the thumbnails to use instead of the full copies.

Comment form

As with the post form above, the comment forms also will have to be rewritten using my form controller class which was not available in 2005. I'll be reducing the amount of brain cells you need to post a comment. Hopefully the spam has reduced now compared to the high amount of comment spam that was around back in 2005.

Conclusion

That's pretty much all I am going to change for now hopefully the addition of multiple photos will enhance the content on post by post basis. Its going to take a little while for me to complete it all but I am steadily working through it.

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February 2015

written by owen, 2015-Feb-18

I'm working on several things this year.

Photo Sets

I am slowly adding a new feature to allow more-than-one photo to be added to a post. I will also allow the photos to be laid out in different grid patterns. This change is gonna take a bit of time to get working since wordpress sucks and I have to redo all the admin screens in order to accommodate the more complicated set up.

A like button for the lazy people

I said I would never implement a like button and I have yet to see a good reason for it other than to appeal to social media. But I will work on getting some sort of like/love button on here.

News Section

I think I ironed out most of the problems with the tons of music videos that get posted to youtube on a daily basis. I also added a social media category for those sites who insist on spamming the internet every single day with lists. I am taking them off the main page and implement some kind of limiting factor to control how often they show up.

Thats it for now.

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I think I might do commentary on my CD collection

written by owen, 2013-Oct-29

I feel that I should really write some reviews of the CDs in my small collection. Especially since its near impossible to find these to buy anywhere here in Jamaica anymore. I don't know, I still like to watch the disk spin in the tray. There is just something about a ordered list of songs instead of random chaos and stolen beats.

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11 years of Bueaty and nonsense

written by owen, 2013-Aug-10

This one is from Thursday, ‎November ‎27, ‎2003, ‏‎1:52:46 PM

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