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BlogBling General Update

Dear Reader,

This is for all of you who use my blogbling plugins. I’m in the process of updating them all. I’ve updated WP-NOTABLE and WP-ESBN and WP-FATTER but the rest will be updated soon. The reason for the update is that it was pointed out to me that the plugins that ran in the_loop were causing a lot of hits on the database. I’m updating them all to be more database friendly.

Also, I’ve recently updated to WordPress 2.0.2 All plugins seem to be working fine. The only thing I had to do was check my ESBN options, for some reason, they did not survive the deactivate/Activate. I’ll look into that.

To the best of my knowledge all of the ones recently updates are now working correctly. Feel free to correct me on this.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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WP-Alexify Updated

Dear Reader,

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to start updating the BlogBling plugins. Hey, if I don’t make some change every week, how do you expect me to sustain my hit rate? :)

WP-Alexify has been updated. This is a major change. I removed the JavaScript I was using to display the tooltip and went with the wz_tooltip.jz library. This should fix the Safari comparibility issue.

Also, I’m consolidating all of the BlogBling plugins into a single directory. This should make it easier for me to share code among them, reducing the amount of code I have to distribute. So make sure you read the update instructions if you are already running Alexify.

Finally, this one contains my BlogBling updater code. It phones home every 7 days and sees if there is a new version available. It does not collect any information about you, your server or anything else. It just tells me which plugin to check and then gives you the current version number. If you don’t like this you can set the Check Interval to 0 and it will never check again.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)

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Fade Anything Technique Extended Edition 2.0

Dear Reader,

Ok, it’s finally done. Sorry it took so long but life intervenes. Here is my take on the wonderful code to fade things. You may have seen this technique in my previous blog entries. Or in some of the lesser known places like basecamp (who inspired the original author) or the original author’s page. No matter where you saw it, here is the WordPress plugin to let you use and abuse this effect in your blog.

A sample of the effects that can be used to annoy can be found here. The official project page can be found here. You can download the tar file here.

To install:

  1. Download the tarball to your wp-content directory.
  2. Untar. This will place wp-fatter.php in your plugins directory and fatter2.js in your wp-content directory.
  3. Move fatter2.js into your javascript directory. (Or wherever you keep your javascript files.)
  4. Activate the plugin
  5. From the Admin section of WordPress go to Options->FATtER. Check the options listed making sure they have the values you want. Pay careful attention to the location of the script. If this isn’t right, the effect won’t work. Once everything is correct, Click Update to commit the values to the database.
  6. Start using the effect. There are several examples in the .js file of how to call it, the easiest is to wrap a piece of text in a span tag with a unique ID (anything as long as it’s unique for the PAGE) and a class of “fade”.

I hope you enjoy using this as much as I did creating it. For those curious, I originaly wrote this because when I would encode secret messages of undying love into blogs for wife v1.22 – the lovely and talented Kathy – she sometimes didn’t see them. So I had to make them a little less secret and a little more obvious.Until next time,

(l)(k)(bunny)

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AJAX Frameworks and toolsets. My initial thoughts.

Dear Reader,

Over the holidays I spent a lot of time researching AJAX. Being a PHP developer I looked at everything I saw through the glasses of “How well does this integrate with what I’m doing now?”

I’ve boiled all the frameworks, tool sets and class libraries I looked at down into 2 categories; 1) Back-end centric and 2) Front-end centric.

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Blog Magic Eye – Redux

Dear Reader,

Ok, when I put up the original Blog Magic Eye, some of you who read it felt it might have been a bit too subtle. Personally, I love subtle, that’s probably why I like British sitcoms. Unlike their American counterparts, they don’t feel the need to explain the joke to you. Some of you didn’t even get why I referenced Kathy in the original. Well, I’ve made some code changes and by now it should be pretty clear. If not, well, sorry.

Until next time, last night in the valley.
(l)(k)(bunny)

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