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  • Announcing a Major Upgrade to YML.COM!
    12/09/2004 1:38AM
    After more hours than I care to think about, I have finally checked in and put together a release of the latest MOBIE and formVista code. This update involves more than 1100 files, most on the backend you guys don't see but many that do involve the front end. This code, as you can see by the new look, is now installed on yml.com.
    The changes are far too numerous to list them all but things you will notice immediately are:
    • new HTML editor with built-in ImageManager support. From the article posting screen click on the picture frame next to the link icon to bring up an extremely cool image manager. You can upload images directly from there as in: You need to be using a relatively recent browser. If you click on the little pen next to the trashcan you can actually bring up an image editor that will allow you to rotate, crop, and resize the image on the server. way cool. What's especially cool is that in the formVista markup language, if any of you ever want to try out the beast I've built, any textarea field can be turned into the HTMLarea field using a single FVML tag ...
    • New HTML and XML article entry support. This one's for you Ian. You can now enter HTML code and it will be handled properly so you can do stuff like <b>here's an example of html</b> and the brackets won't be interpreted. The previous version didn't handle html code entered into the HTML editor correctly.
    • MULTIPLE CATEGORIES! formVista now handles the painful select multiple and go back and edit it again case. Press the CTRL button while selecting categories from the category list and you can file your article into multiple categories. Go back and edit your article and add/remove categories to your hearts content. This capability is built into formVista now.
    • RSS feed. This one is for you Anatoly. The feed is /main_rss.html.
    • Also for Anatoly, last update time and original posting time are separated.
    • The detail view is fixed. It's available from the Read More link at the bottom of the articles.
    • POSTING OF COMMENTS! Articles each now have a kind of discussion forum attached to them allowing you all to post comments to any article. The number of comments are displayed on the main page. Just like articles you can go in and edit any article that you've published (and now with the formVista grants system if I give you the clog_admin grant you can edit any of them).
    Soon I'm going to be putting up the new formVista and MOBIE sites where I'll discuss more of the backend. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the new code. Let me know if you find any problems.

    -- Yermo. Lord and Master of this Small Domain.

  • Comment By:
    Yermo
    12/09/2004 1:45AM
    I've got a messed up URL in the main Post Comment link, so you have to click on Read More then post comment for the post comment form to come up.<br /><br />RSS seems to work though. Let me know if it works for you.<br />
  • Comment By:
    Yermo
    12/09/2004 2:56AM
    Making a note for myself to fix the double category bug on edit .. something in the upgrade script didn't work quite right. Since it's 3AM I figure I'll deal with it tomorrow ...
  • Comment By:
    Yermo
    12/09/2004 2:57AM
    Note to self: Fix image resize bug on edit. For instance editing blue angels article, the detail photo of the angels flying by got sized down when it shouldn't have. 
  • Comment By:
    Anatoly
    12/09/2004 9:06AM
    First of all: Awesome!  The rss feed works great.<br /><br />Two things:<br /><br />1) The rss feed needs a proper title. I'm using Mozilla Thunderbird as my RSS reader, and when I add the feed it comes up with a blank title. Fortunately Thunderbird is smart enough to use the URL of the feed as the title so it doesn't completely disappear from my subscription list, but you have to be careful here.<br /><br />2) The URL in the articles need to be absolute, otherwise the RSS reader doesn't know where to go for the complete article.<br /><br />Another thing I noticed is that the articles appear to be displayed out of order, but then I noticed that they are really ordered by update time. I would recommend putting the update time first and the original posting time underneath. It's less confusing this way.<br /><br />-Anatoly<br /><br />
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