TypeSpace Update

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 2:17 am | Comments off

I know it's been a while since I've written about the progress of TypeSpace, mostly due to the fact that there was none. I've been rather busy with various client projects lately and TypeSpace had to take the back seat. However, over the past few days I've been able to get things done here and there, and it's getting close to being ready to hit the beta stage.

I've re-focused the "todo" list, removing some of the items that won't make it into the beta, adding the items that actually need to be done, and updating the status of some of the existing issues. I've decided to hold off adding any new features and simply focus on what needs to be done to get the beta out the door. Once the beta goes live, I can go through and make several rounds of revisions (as many as necessary), adding the new features that I have planned and fixing bugs as my beta testers submit them.

Unfortunately, I can't tell you when TypeSpace will be ready for public consumption, as I don't know how many hours I'll be putting in on "real" work in the upcoming days, but I will say that it keeps getting closer and that I'm eager to get it out there for all of you to start playing with. That'll help.


September 15th, 2004
5:33 AM | #

Great to hear that, Ryan! I wish you the best of luck - though I know you won't need it with your skill. ;)

September 15th, 2004
6:41 PM | #

While I have switched over to Textpattern from xBlog Lite, I'm still closely watching the progress of TypeSpace. I never thought to ask until now, but will TypeSpace be a full CMS like Textpattern or Movable Type?

Nathan Logan
September 15th, 2004
6:52 PM | #

Keep up the good work, man.

As I told you earlier, let me know if there is anything with which I can help.

September 15th, 2004
10:25 PM | #

Since I checked the to-do list yesterday you seem to have done quite alot! I hope you get it up soon and I like the new buttons down here near the comment form =D.

September 15th, 2004
11:11 PM | #

Nice man, also like the new Favicon ;)

Ryan Brill
September 15th, 2004
11:12 PM | #

I got sick of looking at the old one wondering what it was. :p

September 16th, 2004
6:54 PM | #

Great work Ryan. I can't wait for the beta to be released so I can use it on my site. Keep up the good work...

Nathan Logan
September 17th, 2004
8:09 PM | #

Just noticed the favicon (independent of Neczy's comment).

Very nice. I like it.


September 19th, 2004
1:39 AM | #

Ryan, I'd like to suggest something for the comments section. People tend to just put the "www" part - or nothing at all - for their "URL" when posting a comment. I wrote some code that should help resolve that problem. I think you should use it, or something similar, to prevent broken links to people's web sites (like Nathan Logan's above).

[font=courier new]
$url = htmlspecialchars($_POST["url"]);
if(substr($url, 0, 7) != "http://"){
$url = "http://".$url;

By the way, you might want to also add CODE UBB or something. ;)

September 21st, 2004
5:11 AM | #

How does TypeSpace compare with other blogging software?

Ryan Brill
September 22nd, 2004
9:20 PM | #

The latest version of TypeSpace (not yet being run on this site) already has the URL's for the comments figured out... :)

Dean, when TypeSpace is released, I'll spend some time to write up what type of features TypeSpace has, etc. It does have comment editing, which I believe is fairly unique to TypeSpace.

September 24th, 2004
12:24 AM | #

Awesome, Ryan. :O)

September 24th, 2004
7:04 PM | #

The ability to edit comments would be wonderful. 'Having to make sure my post is right the first time' makes commenting less spontaneous than it could be - at least for me.

I like the option for sending email notices. Don't know if that's common or not, but it's a good feature.

The thing that would help me is some sort of side-by-side comparison of the various blogging programs available. I'm looking for something that's lean and efficient (coded well), is easy to study and learn from and modify (I'm new at programming), and at the same time is rich in features. In short, I want everything. :-)

It's exciting that TypeSpace is almost ready. Keep up the good work. And thanks for making it available for us to use.

September 24th, 2004
7:20 PM | #

I assume at this point you've already written the edit feature - or at least the decision has been made how to write it. But if you were open to suggestions my vote would be the:

"1 and 3 combo: A combination of 1 and 3. You always have a set amount of time to edit your comment, but if your comment is the last one, you can edit it beyond this time limit until a new comment is posted."

I also like being able to delete the post if it's the last one.

Ryan Brill
September 24th, 2004
7:28 PM | #

Yes, it's already been implimented. I chose to use the time-based editing, as that method seemed to make the most sence.

September 27th, 2004
9:36 PM | #

Just wondering if you have read "Getting Things Done," the book that focuses on the importance of making lists in order to get things... done.

Ryan Brill
September 27th, 2004
9:44 PM | #

Nope, I've never read the book, but I've got a list anyway. ;)

Chris P.
December 2nd, 2004
5:59 PM | #

Hey Ryan... long-time reader, first-time poster. I noticed on the TypeSpace todo list you are close to finishing. Any chance for an update and a possible ETA, or at least getting a beta? I'm keen to see if this will be my WordPress replacement!

Ryan Brill
December 2nd, 2004
6:04 PM | #

Hey Chris, glad to see you posting. :)

I'll try to post an entry a bit later with an update... I'm a bit leery of doing so, because I missed my mark badly last time I gave an ETA, but yes, it is getting close...

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