Monthly Archives: November 2010

Working on my blog vs. actually writing

me I probably should be doing something else right now - riding the exercise bike or getting ready for work, but instead I decided to write a quick blog post as I sit here, enjoying my morning coffee.  (Okay, this is not really a picture of me today, but I am enjoying my coffee in it.)

When I showed Amber the fix I made last night for the tag filtering, it prompted her to ask if I was having fun fixing up the issues I've found with the blog.  After some hesitation, I replied, "um… yes, kinda…"  (Not my normal witty repartee, I admit.)  It is fun, but it can also be frustrating.  I get frustrated with the lack of written documentation on Umbraco.  Sure, there are a mountain of how-to videos that have great content, but I can read really quickly, so I'd really like more written content.  There are forums and wikis, but sometimes it is hard to find what you are looking for.  And I'll admit that I'm reticent to post on forums.  I don't know why.  Maybe that is something I need to work on.

The fun parts for me are finding the bugs, coming to an understanding of the cause and eventually fixing them.  It's a puzzle to solve and you learn in the process.  In researching the fix for the tag issue, I eventually downloaded the source code for Umbraco 4.5.2 and Blog4Umbraco and figured out how to compile and package the latter.  I figured out more about Umbraco under the covers and now understand most of the Blog4Umbraco code.  I can install it on my local server and debug issues.  I've made changes and pushed them to my live site.  So I feel a certain sense of accomplishment there.  Maybe sometime I'll start pushing issues to the Blog4Umbraco community and suggesting fixes.

What is a little annoying is the amount of time I've spent building and fixing PardonMyReach as opposed to actually writing.  But eventually I think that will swing the other way as I get these fixes addressed and only have a backlog of new features I'd like to add.  And I really am going to write up more technical details of the fixes and changes I make, so that will be more content too, right?

P.S. for those of you who might have been waiting for a follow up on my Halloween post, our final tally was a record 40 trick-or-treaters this year.

Tag filtering, anyone?

I've listed some of the bugs with my blog on a couple of posts ( Happy Monday Revisited and More Blog Bugs).  I've spent some time on it and published some fixes tonight.  The one that you will notice is that the tag navigation on the right should now correctly display all the posts with that tag.  This actually enabled another feature - when you click on a post, related posts will be listed.  I'll follow up soon with some more technical details on this fix for those of you who might be interested.

I'm still working on these issues:

  • Timestamps are all set to midnight
  • Blog posts are ordered correctly by day, but multiple posts on a given day are in reverse order
  • The Comments RSS feed doesn't have published dates
  • The Latest Comments list is in random order
  • Publishing at a specific time (other than immediately) is broken
  • "Older posts" and "Newer posts" navigation links interfere with the most top post title.  I thought I had a fix for this, but I noticed when I published it that it pushed the right panel to the bottom of the page, so I rolled it back.

If you notice any odd behaviors as a result of my changes, please let me know.