Changed to another Weblog Software

Posted by reto on 30 April, 2004 20:25

Some may already have noticed: I switched my blog from Serendipity to pLog. I'm still using one of their standard templates/skins (a Movabletype clone), but I'm planning to work on my own template really soon. But first thing I did after switching to pLog, was writing a mod_rewrite engine to have search engine friendly URLs much like those possible with serendipity.

Some might wonder, why I switched over to pLog in the first place, if I had to implement a feature S9y already supported. Well, as usual things are not as black and white, neither with blogging tools nor anywhere else. ;-p
pLog has a much more modularized framework, is consequently object oriented and has a strict separation of presentation logic, business logic and data. It uses the famous Smarty template engine for it's output and a lot of other state-of-the-art PHP classes. For example: phpMailer for all mailing purposes, ADODB as database abstraction layer, getID3 for metadata extraction in resources and MagpieRSS to parse RSS resources. Plus there are tons of features in the admin panel, most of them I didn't test so far. And it has a very nice, though still under heavy developement, plugin framework. I simply feel much more comfortable if I have a tool which can easily be modified without the need for changing core code all the time. It makes updates so much more fun. ;)

The mod_rewrite requestgenerator will make it into the next version of pLog, so I desided to wait until the next official update until I change to the new urls. As usual the old URLs shouldn't be broken after the update.

Logo R.I.P.

Posted by reto on 22 April, 2004 11:05

From http://www.logorip.com/ Found an online logo graveyard today ;)
From their Website:
'Logo R.I.P.' is a commemoration of logos withdrawn from the ocular landscape. Many are considered icons of their time or international design classics, whilst others cost millions only to be replaced within a year or two. These logos disappeared, yet in contrast to the ceremony and pomp that greeted their arrival, they often suffered an ignoble death. Now deemed defunct, they are consigned to the logo graveyard, no longer allowed to signify.

Finally

Posted by reto on 17 April, 2004 00:48

Yes, I did it! I finally finished my paper on Web Services and Security, which was my thesis at the University of Berne. Because I defered all the other projects for a long time now (yes this blog is one of those 'projects'), I'll be very busy catching up with everything. Unfortunately this blog is not on top priority, but I know it needs desperately some design improvements. Hope I can do something next week...

Well, that's it for now. Just wanted to let you know that this blog is not dead. ;)

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