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Sliding Notes Major Upgrade

Dec 20, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

Today I’m releasing version 1.1.0 of Sliding Notes. This is a major rewrite of the plug-in and the beginning of the 1.1 series.


Shortcode Shortcomings

Dec 20, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  7 Comments

This post requires a certain degree of technical savvyness.

532167473 b8d26b141d t Shortcode ShortcomingsWhen experimenting with various shortcode locations in the post content, I noticed that under some conditions the shortcode behaved a bit strange with regard to paragraph arrangement. So I implemented a couple of “diagnostic” shortcodes and filters to further investigate the problem. But before I go into that, follow me on a short tour through what the Shortcode API is. Read more >>

A Little Weekend Zen

Dec 20, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  No Comments

2837128711 59740ee027 m A Little Weekend ZenHow long should you stay at something?

However long it takes to get what you came for.

How do you decide what you came for?

You don’t, you discover it.

How do you discover it?

You notice what isn’t there anymore when you feel like leaving.

Sliding Notes HowTo – Centered Button With 1.0 Series

Dec 19, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

2075310775 5eb35307dd t Sliding Notes HowTo   Centered Button With 1.0 SeriesDan asked me today how to accomplish a centered slider button/title, while keeping the note content left-aligned. While I try to work out a neater solution, I’d like to present to the impatient a way to do it right away, with the current version of Sliding Notes (1.0rc5), taking Dan’s example as a foundation. It’s a bit involved in the sense that it takes editing some HTML first, but it’s a feasible way to go nonetheless (and after setting up the HTML structure, the visual editor can be used as well).


Sliding Notes – Scriptaculous Caveats

Dec 18, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

Last Tuesday, Jörg reported a problem where Sliding Notes didn’t work on hist site. It turned out quickly that the problem was not with Sliding Notes, but due to a javascript exception thrown when jQuery was loaded. I analyzed the effect nonetheless, and I’d like to share my insights with you, as I believe they might be of general interest.

163274570 6ed3e0055f t Sliding Notes   Scriptaculous CaveatsSliding Notes use the jQuery javascript library. There are known conflicts between jQuery and Scriptaculous, another widespread javascript library. The conflicts are particularly dramatic with older Scriptaculous versions (1.7 and less).1. Scriptaculous versions 1.8.0 and later2 still have some conflicts with jQuery, but not at a scale that they would stop each other from functioning. Read more >>

  1. See for ex. this google group discussion or this post []
  2. 1.8.2 is the current Scriptaculous version as of this writing []

Sliding Notes – 8 Bits Full Of Downloads

Dec 17, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  No Comments

459021088 992768a47c m Sliding Notes   8 Bits Full Of DownloadsLast night I noticed that the number of downloads of my Hackadelic Sliding Notes has reached 256.

To a software engineer, it is one of the “magic” numbers. It corresponds to 28 (2 to the power of 8), and is the first number whose memory representation exceeds the size of a single byte.

From now on, it’ll take at least 2 bytes to count the downloads.

O.K., this might not be as big an achievement as the moonlanding, but hey! – Why miss an oportunity to celebrate?1 icon wink Sliding Notes   8 Bits Full Of Downloads

  1. Besides, the next byte boundary crossing is at 65’536 downloads, so I’ve probably got a planty of time until the next such occasion. []

Freedom Must Always Be Conquered

Dec 16, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog, Featured  //  No Comments

… a fact that can hardly be better illustrated then in this cartoon by Bruno Bozzetto, the Italian master of satirical animation:

Post-Columbian Project Management By Dummies

Dec 14, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  No Comments

2139283530 7925b74edd t Post Columbian Project Management By DummiesSome time ago, I wrote about John, the fictive trekking leader, who came to fame and glory out of ignorance, and drew parallels to project management today. As it turns out, I didn’t have to invent a fictive story to illustrate the situation – there is an astounding historical example that backs it up 100%.

On this terrific Wikipedia page about common misconceptions, I found this: Read more >>

Sliding Notes Plugin Is Here

Dec 12, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  Comments Off

2808050698 11dec5f4a3 m Sliding Notes Plugin Is HereAfter some warm-up time with WordPress, I decided it’s about time to write a WordPress plug-in.

Not that I’ve been keen to program in another half-backed spawn of C++ (the mother of all programming language abominations icon wink Sliding Notes Plugin Is Here )1 with all the curly braces and clumsy syntax. But, the itching in my fingers was stronger then that.

So here it is! Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present: The Slider Shortcode! An easy way to add sliding notes» to your WordPress content!

Read the whole story on the plugin homepage.2

This note is shown when the slider is clicked open.

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  1. As a former expert C/C++ programmer, I’m allowed to say that. Simply because… Well, simply because I know what I’m talking about. icon smile Sliding Notes Plugin Is Here []
  2. Note that comments are closed on this post in favor of the plugin homepage. []

Evolution And Project Management

Dec 10, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  No Comments

1468829205 f166cc2539 Evolution And Project Management

In “The Costs Of Not Doing Something Else“, I made the aside conclusion that John’s trek only needed to meet some minimum criteria in order to be considered a success. That is an inherent property of what can be called an uncompetitive system.1

Coming back from treks to projects, I state:

  1. An uncompetitive system is a system lacking comparison to other systems of a kind. []

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