Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.


After all the noise and fury about a Python blog system, Matt and I have finally started working on something that might form the kernel of such a thing. There was much compiling and gnashing of teeth involved in getting the bsddb3 data store working, but we are now masters of our collective ZODB installations. The working name for our blogware is "brainFeed". Which brings us to the next point: does that name suck?



Consider this a contest of sorts: you send me a better name than "brainFeed" for a Python/ZODB/netWindows based weblog system, and I will personaly install and configure the system for you when it's complete. Include a nifty logo and I'll up the ante to include template design and integration as well as arranging for hosting of your blog for the period of 1 year (subject to my hosting provider's AUP).

So to recap: send me a really good name, get a fully functional copy of the system to try out when it's done. Send me a good name and a great logo, and you'll get not only a configured system, but also template design and hosting for your shiny new blog.

Prizes are non-exclusive, so get cracking and be the first one on your block to be able to say "neener, neener! I've got an OODBMS backend for MY blog! pbhbtttt!"


In my haste to fix the Mozilla history bug, I failed to regression test against Konqueror, leading to a bug that hindered loading of the NW codebase on that browser. Things now seem to be fixed for all Konq 3 verions.


Not quite sure how I missed it, but damn

Standalone Tooltips

Matt needed some code to do DHTML tooltips for the CIRDB, and since netWindows includes code for this, I volunteered to extract all the netWindows dependencies from that code and make a stand-alone version. The results are now available for download.

As usual, the code is copyright myself and released under an MIT/X11 license. See the included test file for information on how to set up the script and for sample usage.

Check It Out

Matt has put the NW tree widget to good use, providing a tree-based interface to his netWindows CVS tree checkout. You can checkout the PHP code for it too.

One of the things Matt suggested with regards to the tree widget was an "opened" flag that determines whether or not a node that has children is expanded by default. It seems pretty obvious in retrospect, but it's a good thing Matt said something or I might never have done it. That said, support for the "opened" attribute on inline tree widget declarations is now in CVS.

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