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2007-03-27 12:49

Son of Bartleblog IV

Another morning, another feature: archive


Now I'm working on the image tool, importing PyDS's images and uploading to flickr, etc.

2007-03-26 18:28

Son of Bartleblog III

A couple more hours of hacking, and the templates are all new, and more functional then ever.


I am making heavy use of Yahoo's UI library, which makes lots of things much simpler:

  • Layout using Yahoo Grids

    I spent hours making the layout you see now, and the one with Grids works better and was done in minutes. Avoid reinventing the wheel works for webpages, too.

  • Calendar using Yahoo Calendar

    Isn't it neat? And it works, too. Since the linking is handled by javascript I may make it so it loads the posts for a month without reloading the page.

  • Styling using their reset.css stylesheet.

    That stylesheet removes all styling from your page. That way, if there's something there, you put it.

    I used that, added a slightly simplified stylesheet based on Firefox's default, Restructured Text's and Silvercity's, and all the customizing I needed to do to achieve a simple but functional layout were 30 lines of CSS, compared to the rather monstrous pyds.css my blog currently uses.

  • Modular thingies.

    I turned all Technorati/HaloScan/FeedBurner/Talkr thingies into macros that take as configuration your personal data (for example, HaloScan ID) and if necessary a post.

If the styling was a little more done and a few bugs were ironed, I may even start uploading the site using bartleblog instead of PyDS soon :-)

2007-03-25 12:53

Son of Bartlebog II

After a few more hours hacking, it's got the following working:

  • CherryTemplate templates that do about the same as the Cheetah templates in PyDS
  • Generates the whole site and it looks just the same
  • Advogato import (my blog should go all the way back to 2000 when I switch!)
  • PyDS import

The main missing things are:

  • Do a decent templating system (right now they are embedded in the code)
  • Do a decent config system (right now, global variables)
  • Do uploading (or just trust lftp)
  • Do post/story creation
  • Port the RSS template
  • Flickr integration
  • Integration with all those neat little gadgets: feedburner flares, HaloScan comments which are currently kinda grafted (only work for my account ;-)
  • Look into Yahoo UI toolkit for things like the calendar and menus.
  • Add the extra stuff to Restructured Text so it:
    • Fixes automatically links to posts/stories in the blog
    • Pretty-prints code using SilverCity
  • Lots of UI stuff

All in all, not really a huge amount of work, but I am taking it easy.

When KDE4 is out, a version with a full-fledget KHTML in it will be a whole lot nicer.

2007-03-24 09:16

A little project, son of BartleBlog

I have been posting this blog using PyDS for over 4 years now. Sadly, the PyDS author seems to have abandoned it. Which is sad, because it's nifty software.

However, keeping it working is getting harder every year, and I don't expect to be able to do it soon.

Also, the data is in a Metakit database, which is the most annoying DB ever (no real schema! columnar instead of record oriented! gouge my eyes with a breadstick!)

So, since I have all the data, and my blogging needs are modest, and no tool does exactly what I want, I decided to write my own.

I could make it a web app, maybe using TurboGears, but what the heck, I haven't done a decent GUI app in ... ok, arguably, I never have done a decent one, and my PyQt4 needs some work, and I am kinda in a groove for actually finishing things lately (I am rather proud of RaSPF).

And I have a neat name (BartleBlog) reserved from another aborted app.

So, here's the mandatory screenshot after a couple hours hacking:


And here are the goals:

  • Generate static pages, so it can be used by anyone with a little web space (I am a gipsy)
  • Simple templating (Using cherrytemplate right now, but should be modular)
  • Restructured Text as input mechanism (again, modular)
  • Good support for code snippets
  • Should support static pages (like the ones I have in the Stories link)
  • Integrate with Flickr for images
  • Integrate "chunks" in the templating, where you can do things like setting the right Haloscan comment/trackback links easily
  • Simple category mechanism, with a regexp-based autotagger without creating per-category copies of everything.
  • RSS feed generation, global and per-category.
  • A way to import all my PyDS blog (and maybe my older advogato things)
  • Use sqlite and SQLObject for sane storage.

So far, it's doing some things, I can import, edit, save (by instant application, there is no "save" here).

I can't yet generate the site, or create a new post, and it should take months to make it useful, but let's see how it goes.

2003-10-15 01:00

Advogato post for 2003-10-15 01:00:42

Now, if this appears in the site, bartleblog has advogato support..

And you, readers, if you want a slow, not fully functional PyQt based advogato (and other blogs) editor, then you can use it too, just search for bartleblog in

Now, if I implemented caching, and correct date formatting, and a decent HTML editing interface, this could even be a decent app.

2003-10-06 16:56

Bartleblog now in

So, the link below will disappear in a minute or two. Right now, you can get it via CVS.

2003-10-05 17:57

Bartleblog 0.0.1

I got a few mails asking to see Bartleblog... well, if you have a working PyQt, and a working PyDS (advogato support is totally broken right now), and you have a good backup of your blog, then you may try to get it from here (Use CVS)

It is just not useful for a normal blogger right now.

I hope the nice guys at don't mind me posting it here (it's smaller than some of the dynamic HTML pages ;-)

In a couple of days I will move it to, as soon as I get the project approved.

2003-10-05 17:34

klog == bartleblog

I wonder if bartlebog is a good name. It sure is better than klog, and I like XIXth century lit references.

I also suspect almost noone will get it, and that it just can't be pronounced ;-)

I wanted it to be bartleby, but there is some tool using that name in sourceforge.

On other issues: it's HOT here!.

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