WordPress Distributed Bibliography

I’m not actually all that enthusiastic about this silly address book plugin, y’know. I’d rather be back fiddling with a little idea I had a while ago for a distributed bibliography thing for WP. Something a bit like LibraryThing, except that all the book data is stored within one’s own database, and importing other people’s reading and book data is easy. So I can keep my own, local, list of books and annotations, but for each one see what other people have to say about it, and see what else they’re reading (and, if I want to, bring their data over to my site with a click).

It’s a fairly basic thing, really, and I’ve done a bit of the basic formwork for it. I just have to get back to working on it, now that I’ve got these lovely mornings free (oh! I mean, “will have”… yes… that’s right… hmmm).

Addressbook Version One! (was v.0.9)

[This post was about version 0.9, but I’ve sorted out a major bug, and added Gravatars, and because my daft consecutive version numbering system was up to it, I’ve had to release Version One twenty minutes after 0.9; I didn’t see the point of writing a whole new post.]

I’ve added support for the hCard microformat; if you want this to be a fun thing, I recommend getting the Operator addon for Firefox (you’re already using Firefox, aren’t you? You should be, it’s not pants (to quote S. Fry)).

If an addressbook contact has a gravatar, it will now be displayed in both address lists.

As always, get this version from the WordPress site, and give me any feedback in the comments to this post. Thanks!

Nothin’ like a Good Upgrade to Start The Day

I got up early this morning to grab the phone line before the others awake – there’s eight here today and I guess someone will come hassling before long. I have returned to using wordpress (the software that I was using last year briefly) for this site, and have updated it to the latest (stable) version 1.0.2. I will be working on the layout and style over the coming days and weeks, but for now we will have to be happy with what we’ve got. What is it about standards compliant code that makes me happy? Why should I think that it is desirable for my code to be semantically identical to the code of everyone else?!

Silly person.