Chad Perrin: SOB

12 March 2007

“blogging” as development process

Filed under: Geek,Metalog — apotheon @ 07:18

I’ve “decided” (in quotes because it’s not final) that I need better weblog software than WordPress — which is pretty much the best available. I’ve “decided” that I should write my own. I’ve “decided” that I will use Rails to do so. I’ve “decided” that I will “blog” the process of development. I’ve “decided” that I will set up a separate weblog from this one with the software while I’m developing it, and that will be where I update readers on the process — because it will provide me with some great motivation to keep up the development process.

I’ve “decided” that this will spin off the new weblog as my new software development weblog, which means there will be less software development stuff here at SOB.

I have not “decided” on a name for the thing yet, but I will. Eventually.

Before I start.

Not right now, though. I’ll let you know.

edit: I’ve written the software, and it’s running live right now. I’m also still working on it, as I use it. Check for details.


  1. a Good Morn’n to you. Very interesting subject thyt you brought up. Actually I had wanted to talk to you about this same subject. (I am contiplating commiting ‘Blogging’ myself.) Have you looked onto “Typo” yet? [ ] It is based on Ruby (on Rails). I’m not familiar with that language, but then again I haven’t used “WordPress” either. I was looking forward to a good dialog with you about it. Let me know would you please. Thanks. -d

    Comment by D.Taylor — 13 March 2007 @ 10:13

  2. For a name, maybe “blogstrapping”?

    Comment by Sterling Camden — 13 March 2007 @ 03:20

  3. D.Taylor: I’ve seen Typo before, when it was a bit newer. I considered it back when I was trying to decide what to use for SOB, but ultimately settled on WordPress. It seems to have come a long way since then, and if I had that decision to make over again with the current version of Typo available, I’d probably have gone with that instead of WordPress. It doesn’t look like it offers enough of an improvement to deter me from writing something from scratch, though — and I’m concerned about the fact that I’d apparently need to install and use Typo before I could figure out how the spam filtering works, and to sort out how to write plugins for it (and how easy it would be to write the plugins I’d need).

    Sterling: That’s an excellent name. I’ll consider whether I’d rather use it to name the weblog or just the series of posts related specifically to creating the weblog software. Thank you!

    (Which ends up being the use to which I put it will probably depend on whether, and how much, the term has already been used elsewhere on the Web.)

    Comment by apotheon — 13 March 2007 @ 03:53

  4. Good point — I googlazily failed to check.

    Comment by Sterling Camden — 14 March 2007 @ 02:10

  5. Well, I checked — it’s not being used in earnest anywhere. There were a couple of throw-away coinages of the term, and that’s it. I may very well use it as the title of the entire weblog, then.

    Comment by apotheon — 14 March 2007 @ 02:36

  6. Chad, Hallo again from Sunny Germany, There is now a plug-in for the Word Press program that is supposed to do the Spam Blocking. The name is “Spam-Karma” (Current release: 2.2 FINAL) devoloped by a “Dr. Dave” (not me!) and found at: [ ]. I haven’t used it, (I haven’t got that far yet) but I have seen it in operation. It seems to work. It is free-ware, but I’m sure he would appreiciate some donations. (if it works for you.) Anyway, I’ve been contiplating commiting a blog my-self, and you’re one of the examples of a good blog, in what I’d like to achieve. Right now, I’ve been researching several blog hosting options. It looks like a jungle out there. -d

    Comment by D.Taylor — 15 March 2007 @ 03:41

  7. […] As I mentioned in an earlier SOB entry about using “blogging” as a development process, I’m planning to spin off a development weblog from SOB. At first, the main focus is likely to be on writing weblog software, since the idea of this spin-off is that I will be writing a weblog application, and will be using it as I write. It’ll be the ultimate expression of the concept of “eating my own dog food”, as the expression goes. […]

    Pingback by Chad Perrin: SOB » Blogstrapping — 16 March 2007 @ 11:48

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