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Typo

Ok, I’ve been playing around with Typo a bit now and it seems a lot nicer than Wordpress. A lot of the “nicer” comes from it being written with Ruby On Rails, which is a kick-ass platform, especially when compared to the steaming pile of dung that is PHP. Don’t get me wrong, WordPress is very nice – but Typo suits me more.

It helps that I’ve done some stuff with Rails, and I know how the framework is organized and is intended to work. This, together with Ruby being a nice and concise language, makes peeking under the hood in Typo a pleasant experience, as opposed to the “aaaagh, I want to claw my eyes out!” reaction I get from PHP and WordPress. I’m already thinking of writing a sidebar plugin or two, they seem pretty straightforward. I also want to add a text filter to generate DriveThruRPG links easily.

The installation and setup was pretty straighforward, the new installer defaults to a Mongrel server which suits me fine. I ended up with Mongrel listening to a port on the local interface, with Apache proxying requests that way. Rails is not thread-safe, so Mongrel wraps most of the app in a sync block – which is fine for a small site like this, but would not scale for more traffic. Luckily, Mongrel has support for running a cluster of Mongrel instances, and Apache 2.2 and later have a load balancing proxy module that is reported to work. I don’t need that now, but it’s good to know that stuff like that exists. All in all, it seems that the Mongrel + proxy solution is a very painless way to deploy and administed Rails apps. Nice. Production deployments have always been the slightly ugly side of Rails, up to now at least.

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New weblog

It… lives!

The new server is chugging along nicely after the post-crash recovery, so I felt it was time for a new blog – I hadn’t updated the old one for about half a year for various reasons. This is now running on Typo 4.0.0, a very nice blog platform that’s written with Ruby On Rails. I’m still playing around with this, and using one of the default themes, but so far I really like what I see. Seems nicer than Wordpress, and Wordpress is not bad at all. Ajax is used to good effect, and the admin interface has some really spiffy Ajax-based drag+drop stuff in it.

I had a new theme layout done for a new blog, but that went with the crashed disk. I have an older backup copy, but I’m waiting to see if we get the crashed disk recovered or not before I proceed on that. I’m hoping to hear from DataPrey this week.

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