Grotblog basic design

It’s worthwhile to look at how this blog software will work internally. I’ve used this pattern on many many projects and it works for me. First, as I’ve said repeatedly, there is no front controller. However, I do plan to have models, views and controllers. But I use those terms perhaps a little more loosely than others. I also eschew “frameworks” in favor of “toolkits”. A framework insists that you fit your software into it.

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The Grotblog config file

Okay, first things first. Let’s look at the configuration file for grotblog. This will be a file in the config directory called config.ini. Since there are built-in facilities in PHP for reading ini files, we might as well use them. Here we go: programmer_email = "paulf@sherman.mars.lan" Item the first, the programmer writing this software. Why put this in the config file? Because our error handler will be set to email the programmer will details if a fatal error occurs.

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Louisiana loses a seat in congress

Because of the recent census, Louisiana and a variety of northeast states lost seats in congress, while some western states, Texas and Florida gained seats. I feel sorry for Louisiana, because, well… can’t you just hear them complaining now… “Yeah but, Dudes, we had a friggin’ hurricane, okay? Seriously? We have to lose a seat over that? For the next ten years? C’mon!” Again, I feel sorry for Louisiana, but I also think their misfortune has a humorous component to it.

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Collaborative Directors

Ever watched the “special features” of DVDs? I often do. I’m usually most interested in why the filmmakers had their particular take on a film. But what you see a lot is actors gushing about how wonderful their fellow actors are, and how wonderfully “collaborative” directors are. The former I consider just the standard industry drivel. Of course actors are going to gush about their fellow actors. Do we expect them to say they’re jerks?

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Grot Blog

I’ve decided to call the blog software I’m writing “Grot Blog”. It’s a joke. The “grot” is British English for, roughly, junk. There used to be a show on the air in the U.S. called “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”. It was a British series, and part of the joke of which was that the title character, Reginald Perrin, opened a series of shops called “Grot”, which sold useless junk.

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