Archive for February, 2006

Minus One

February 28, 2006

Yesterday my co-worker announced that he’s moving to Idaho and leaving Go Daddy’s employ. It stinks because he was the second developer on board and he’s been instrumental in so many aspects of the app. We’ve been through a lot and I felt really comfortable having him around. I even told him that reading his code made my eyes bleed because of his Hungarian notation and he didn’t key my car. That’s a team right there. Luckily, he’s converted to a paying customer so there will always be a part of Dave in Go Daddy.

That leaves Greg and me to work on 1.3 and releases beyond. Unless, of course, you’re a kick-ass C# developer who’s passionate about blogs and wants to join our little revolution. Because, hey, do you know any better programmers than yourself?

[The views expressed on this
website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views
of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Making Widgets

February 25, 2006

So WordPress now has Widgets and a sidebar editor, available depending on the theme. I tried to drag and drop like they said but I couldn’t get it to work on Firefox 1.5 or IE6 on a stock Windows XP installation. Crazy!

View of the current Manage Sidebar screen for Quick BlogThis is especially timely for me since I’ve been working on a revision to Quick Blog‘s Manage Sidebar functionality for our next release. I’ve always liked the current clickfest version pictured to the right. I spent a lot of time getting its Javascript just right. It’s not easy to keep those little arrows looking just so as the components are moved through the list. In fact, there’s some pretty sophisticated DOM scripting there because you’re actually moving table rows within a table and between two separate tables.

The new version, frankly, rocks the Casbah.

This 1.2 release—due soon—is cram packed full of features. I seriously think that it is our biggest release ever (well, except for 1.0 because that let the cat out of the bag). We’ll also soon have a public blog where we can really discuss things and give the releases their due. I came up with the name that we’re going to use for it, but it’s provisional until we can come up with something better. Of course, I’ll link to it here when it happens.

[UPDATE (2/26/2006): One of the commenters on that entry said, “This is why WordPress is lightyears ahead of the ‘other guys’!” I have to suppose that that comment was out of ignorance.]

[UPDATE 2 (2/26/2006): Looks like the WP.com drag and drop is done using script.aculo.us. It really is a lovely library, but there are some quirks using it. My pet peeve is that there’s no onDrop callback for the Sortable, even though there is one on the Droppable. I found an awesome suggestion to use the onMouseUp event.]

[The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

A.J. Stephan’s Raspberry-Lime Rickey

February 22, 2006

I’ve wanted to try one ever since Mr. Burns scolded someone for interrupting his lime rickey. Carbonated, but not overly so. Can hardly taste the lime. Zero aftertaste. Solid drink, nothing spectacular.

3 of 5 stars

Schartner Bombe Orange

February 21, 2006

Tastes like a carbonated orange drink. Close to seltzer water or ginger ale. Ahh, there’s orange juice and carbonated water listed on the label. That’s it. Schartner Bombe | American importer

3 of 5 stars

Sanpellegrino Limonata

February 21, 2006

Very lemon-y. What did I expect? Something more akin to lemonade than lemon with some flavoring to take the edge off. No real aftertaste, just sourness.

2 of 5 stars

Napa Valley Soda Company Vanilla Cream

February 20, 2006

Moderate flavor, perhaps sweeter than most. Slight vanilla aftertaste, but nothing bad. I’d rate this a middle of the road vanilla cream. Official Site

3 of 5 stars

Sanpellegrino Chinotto

February 17, 2006

Smokey flavor, citrus-based drink. Best sipped. Hits hard at first sip, leaves a bit of an aftertaste. Somewhat unpleasant. Review

2 of 5 stars

Sanagria Strawberry Soda

February 17, 2006

I’ve long said that I’ve never met a strawberry soda that didn’t suck. They’re invariably too sweet. This one, however, isn’t half bad. It’s got a distinctive can/bottle and no aftertaste. Official site

4 of 5 stars.

Stewart’s Ginger Beer

February 16, 2006

Ginger beer strikes quite a contrast with root beer. It’s a little more spicy, a little more ker-pow. Not sure I like that in a beverage. Burns the throat and upsets the stomach. Stewart’s

2 of 5 stars

Fitz’s Dr. Fizz

February 16, 2006

Dr. Pepper knock-off. A microbrew soda from a restaurant called Fitz’s in St. Louis, MO. A little bit more cherry-flavored than Dr. Pepper and definitely lower in the flavor index than its more famous father.

2 of 5 stars