Archive: March 30th, 2005

Flickr Related Tag Browser

A nice use of the Flickr API.

Quote of the day

Jeff Veen hits the nail on the head with this straightforward observation:

"Typing into a text box and hitting the publish button has proven far more successful that angle brackets and FTP servers. People can say what they want, share stuff, and stay focused on communicating rather than web publishing."

I’ve had plans for some time now to clean up the CMS I built for this site and release it into the wild. If it ever gets beyond the vapourware stage, that quote will be my mantra. I may just put it on a sticky note and slap it on my screen.

If those words of wisdom weren’t help enough, Jeff also has a seven-point plan for making a better open-source CMS.

Writing, Briefly

Some great advice by Paul Graham on how to write well.

Small change

I’ve made a couple of small tweaks to my humble journal.

I’ve been using Del.icio.us for a little while now and I’ve found it immensely useful. I thought it might be nice to share my finds here. I’ve added a list of the last five links to the sidebar here. If you’re reading these words in a newsreader, you might want to click through to see what I’m talking about.

Speaking of newsreaders, I’ve also added clearer links to my RSS feeds. The old link to the journal’s feed was kind of squirrelled away before. I’ve paired it up now with a link to my del.icio.us feed.

In fact, I’m using my del.icio.us feed to display the links in the sidebar. Rather than grappling with the API, I decided to go for a decidedly low-tech solution. I’m just parsing the RSS feed and spitting out the last five items.

At some stage, I do intend to investigate the API for Del.icio.us but right now I’m having far too much fun playing with the Flickr API. I’ve been using it to try out the DOM functions in PHP5 and the results have been great. I’m thinking of putting together some kind of Ajax-enabled page for browsing through photos and contacts. It will probably be completely useless but I’d still like to share the results of my learning.

Watch this space.