posted: January 7th, 2008 · by: Sven
posted: December 13th, 2007 · by: Sven
I’ve just released a first version of the Google Analytics plugin for Ruby on Rails that I’ve done in the course of the offer to build custom plugins for Mephisto users.
You can grab the plugin and read more about it here: Ruby on Rails Plugin: Google Analytics (blue egg edition)
Eran Ben Sabat was the first to contact me about this offer and suggested that I could write a Google Analytics plugin which he was interested in.
By now there’s another interesting request by Thilo Thamm who asked for a plugin for allowing users to add blog posts. This sounds like another great idea for a useful plugin and I plan to tackle this one next.
I was totally thrilled how much fun it was to work with both Liz and Eran Ben Sabat on their plugins. So my offer still stands. If you have an idea for a nice plugin, don’t hesitate to drop me a note.
posted: December 12th, 2007 · by: Sven
So, James Adam has published a preview release version of Engines for Rails 2.0 that I’ve helped to put together. Let me quote James from his announcement on the Rails engines mailinglists:
Just a quick note to let you know, should it be relevant, that we’ve readied a new release of the Engines plugin, revamped and ready for Rails 2.0, and would absolutely love for you to start using it and sending feedback about what’s broken, what’s missing and what could be improved.Read the rest of this entry
posted: November 25th, 2007 · by: Sven
For popular demand (that is, if you agree to call a request by someone like Liz popular) here’s a really tiny plugin for Mephisto that allows you to have a full archive page.
By “full archive” simply a list of all your blog posts is meant, most probably just titles grouped by month. This is supported by quite some big blogging engines.
To learn how to install and use this plugin just head over to my project page: Mephisto Plugin: Full Archives (tricky edition)Read the rest of this entry
posted: November 19th, 2007 · by: Sven
Just a short note for those of you who are using my Mephisto Inverse Captcha plugin:
I’ve recieved some feedback that the way the plugin was implemented apperently caused problems in fcgi environments. I’ve simplified the plugin loading quite a bit and now it seems to work fine.
I’ve got it running here on my own blog, too, with Rails 2.0PR and Mephisto rev2983 and it continues to work like a charm :) Actually, I have no spam comments thanks to it.
If you further encounter any problems please let me know :)
posted: October 14th, 2007 · by: Sven
I talked about why we need a better Mephisto tag cloud plugin recently and that it probably should use the Boldr plugin as a basis. Sadly nobody really seems to care about this at Boldr.net. Well, there’re more important things than building another tagcloud for Mephisto, right?
Thus I started to revamp a brand new tag cloud plugin for Mephisto which is now available in the Subversion Repository … and of course I really believe that it is the most sophisticated, customizable, standard-conform and overall awesome implementation of a tag cloud for Mephisto ;). Why, yes, obviously I’m a little biased, so judge for yourself!Read the rest of this entry
posted: October 12th, 2007 · by: Sven
Hey, just in case you missed this like I did: there’s a video of Saimon Moore’s conference session about Globalize at ”Ostrava on Rails” available online!
The video probably leaves something to be desired regarding the allover quality, but hey! At least you can now watch one of our star developers giving an introduction to Globalize on Rails and that’s pretty cool, isn’t it?
So, go and grab the video here: Saimon Moore’s conference session about Globalize.
Like Saimon mentions this in his conference roundup there are also videos of several other interesting sessions available like those of Jamis Buck (about, guess what, deployment with Capistrano) and Tobias Lütke (about how he got shopify to where it is today).
posted: October 11th, 2007 · by: Sven
Like I mentioned an updated version of the Mephisto Paged Article Lists plugin is available in the Subversion repository. You can grab this awesome stuff right here: http://svn.artweb-design.de/stuff/mephisto/mephisto_paged_article_list
Like with the Inverse Captcha Plugin some more information about the new version of this plugin are due, too. So, what’s new here?Read the rest of this entry
posted: September 27th, 2007 · by: Sven
I mean, really … aren’t there any more important things on earth than a tagcloud plugin for your favorite rockstar blogging engine? Most probably! But then again, on my blog I really love to use stuff that pays some attention to details. Somehow a piece of great code can save my day.
The Mephisto community has come up with at least four different tagcloud plugins yet and none of them seems to meet the usual, basic requirements. There’s one plugin though that - with just some additional love - could pretty much make its way to the perfect Mephisto TagCloud plugin.Read the rest of this entry
posted: September 25th, 2007 · by: Sven
After I had revamped my initial experimental approach to the “Inverse Captcha” anti-spam technique as a regular Mephisto Plugin lately I have promised to explain how you can use it to get rid of your blog comment spam.
This plugin is getting a bunch of additional attention these days, especially after it was linked to in Quarks’ Ruby on Rails Security Guide. So, some additional information is past due. There you go.Read the rest of this entry
posted: September 16th, 2007 · by: Sven
Sometimes you just want less noise in your log files, especially when your Globalize setup runs pretty fine and you don’t need it to tell you about every single move it makes: Globalize can be just too chatty then.
Joost Hietbrink thought this, too, and sent me the following code snippet. So you don’t need to suffer from Globalize’s chattiness any more :-)Read the rest of this entry
posted: September 12th, 2007 · by: Sven
posted: September 7th, 2007 · by: Sven
The original article is pretty long already and I guess it makes sense to post this tip as an article on its own. So here we go …Read the rest of this entry
posted: September 5th, 2007 · by: Sven
Ok. I’ve upgraded my blog to Mephisto Edge.
It’s been something like nine months since the last official 0.7.3 Noh-Varr release and in Rails time that’s a pretty long time. There’s a lot been happening in Rails Edge and it just made sense to catch up with these things a bit.
So I decided to invest the time to upgrade, do some fixes and cleanup and generally bring my blog setup in a better shape again. If you’re running Mephisto and consider an upgrade, some of the following observations and notes might be of interest for you.Read the rest of this entry
posted: June 7th, 2007 · by: Sven
This article is part of the series “Get on Rails with Globalize!” and like the two last installments it’s a catch-all list: this time we’re going to point out some unexpected behaviours, problems and other funny things. Nothing world-shattering, just some things that you’ll probably want to be informed about so you don’t run into any problems.
- I’m seeing lot’s of strange characters!
- Weird Currency parsing results
- Globalize WrongLanguageError on attribute read
- Globalizes screws my RJS (or: my IE6)!
I’ll edit and complete this list as needed. If you’ve found any other common gotchas concerning Globalize, please drop me a note!Read the rest of this entry