Posted Wednesday, October 10 at 10:41 PM (9 months ago)
I’ve gotten Pushl to the point that I’m confident in releasing it as a full alpha and having a cron job run it every 15 minutes. Whew.
I’ve also added some
h-entry markup to the Publ site templates so that hopefully the notifications appear at least somewhat reasonably elsewhere.
I really need to redo these site templates now that I have a better idea of how they go together. Also the quickstart guide could be a lot better.
Posted Monday, October 8 at 11:53 PM (9 months ago)
I finally got around to releasing a very rough prototype of Pushl to pypi. It only sends out WebSub notifications for now (does anyone even use those?), but I’ll work on actually implementing WebMention soon.
Also, recently someone pointed out to me fed.brid.gy which makes it easy to turn a static site into an ActivityPub source. At some point I’ll experiment with setting up Publ for this; it looks like it’s just a matter of adding a couple of additional route rules to Publ, so that will probably go into an advanced configuration guide if I ever get around to making such a thing. (Or it could actually be added to Publ directly but there isn’t much of a reason for that, IMO.)
Posted Friday, October 5 at 1:28 AM (9 months ago)
Turns out I never actually tested the
If-Modified-Since handler, because if I had I’d have seen the glaring exception it threw.
Oh well, that’s fixed now. I think.
Posted Monday, October 1 at 11:16 PM (9 months ago)
I’ve started working on Pushl in earnest now, and one thing that was really bugging me about this is that anything which polls feeds and entries would really benefit from having client-side cache control working. Which was a big missing feature in Publ.
Well, I finally implemented it, and I’m pretty happy with how I did it.
The short version: for any given view it figures out (pessimistically) what’s the most recent file that would have affected the view (well, within reason; it only looks at the current template rather than any included templates, which is pretty difficult to do correctly) and uses that to generate an ETag (via metadata fingerprint) and a Last-Modified time (based either on the file modification time or the time the entry was actually published).
There’s probably a few corner cases this misses but in general this makes client-side caching of feeds and such work nicely.
Posted Tuesday, September 25 at 2:55 PM (10 months ago)
I found a few more annoying bugs that were shaken out from the whole PonyORM transition, as well as a couple of bugs in the new shape functionality. There’s probably a few more of these bugs lurking in the codebase (I mean, in addition to the existing bugs I know about), but here’s what’s changed:
- Image shape bugs:
- Fix some
FileNotFound handling on images (so
shape errors propagate correctly)
class work correctly per the documentation
- PonyORM bugs:
Posted Thursday, September 20 at 10:58 PM (10 months ago)
Did you know that CSS3 has a style called
shape-outline? It’s pretty neat, it makes it so that a floated object gets a shape based on the alpha channel of its specified image. But it’s kind of a pain to set up; in plain HTML it looks something like this:
<img src="/path/to/image.png" width="320" height="320"
and if you want a different shape mask for your image than its own alpha channel, you have to do a bunch of stuff like making sure that the image sizes are the same and whatever.
Posted Wednesday, September 19 at 12:46 PM (10 months ago)
Version 0.3.0 is now released, with the change from peewee to PonyORM.
As a result of this change you’ll have to do two things to your config file:
- The database configuration format has changed slightly
- Any existing databases have to be manually deleted/dropped/etc.; unfortunately PonyORM doesn’t provide a mechanism for deleting tables not under its control
Everything else should work identically as before.
Posted Wednesday, September 12 at 1:27 AM (10 months ago)
Earlier today I pushed v0.2.2, which was a minor configuration fix for the markdown library to support table syntax.
Then I pushed v0.2.2.1 which was another configuration fix to fix that fix (oops).
Then in deploying updates I upgraded to Python 3.7, and promptly discovered that Publ doesn’t actually work on Python 3.7, so just now I fixed that, and released the fixes as v0.2.3.
Posted Tuesday, August 21 at 11:48 PM (11 months ago)
Just a couple of minor fixes in this release:
Posted Friday, July 6 at 3:57 PM (a year ago)
A few changes since v0.1.24:
- Updated code to use the current Flask cache-control API
- Only set cache-control for responses that don’t have a natural cache response
- Entry IDs and UUIDs are now semi-stably generated, in order to prevent (or at least reduce) problems like the last time
Publ itself is stable enough (and enough has changed since v0.1.0) that I felt that a minor version bump was a reasonable thing to do.
Anyway! While Publ has been running quite nicely on my website, I’d love to see more people actively using and developing it. This site in particular needs a lot of attention and probably reworking; my other top priorities are:
- A better installation/deployment guide
- Proper test coverage (rather than manual smoke tests)
Posted Wednesday, June 27 at 7:55 PM (a year ago)
- The image rendition cache now gets periodically purged; the default is to delete renditions which haven’t been used in the last week (this can be disabled)
entry.title can now accept the
no_smartquotes parameter, which is necessary in Atom feeds
entry.card now uses the same Markdown extensions as
Posted Wednesday, June 6 at 9:30 PM (a year ago)
I neglected to mention that I set Publ to beta status in v0.1.22, which was a minor bugfix release, rather than moving to 0.2 like I previously stated. The changes for 0.1.22 were:
- Fixes to category
- Added support for regex path-alias hooks (this is configured on the Python/WSGI side, and has been working quite nicely over on beesbuzz.biz)
- Fixed a dumb bug in the cache-control headers
And then the changes for 0.1.23:
- Enable automatic smart-quote substitutions (this is the default setting, and can be overridden by passing
- Improve the handling of last-modified times on entries (now there’s a
Last-Modified header which only gets set when you want it to be)
Posted Sunday, May 27 at 5:22 PM (a year ago)
The amount of stuff I’m having to fix in Publ to support beesbuzz.biz is diminishing rapidly! Here’s what’s happened since 0.1.18:
- Improved the Path-Alias redirection logic; now it will do a
301 Permanently Moved for inbound
Path-Aliased requests, and if a
Path-Alias points to an entry with a
Redirect-To it will redirect directly to that URL instead (and it will be a 302, same as the old
- Pagination can now be weekly; you can use
entry.archive(paging='week'), and a
?date= view parameter ending in
_w will provide a weekly view instead.
- Better default formatting for
view.range, and an addition of a
week format parameter there
Posted Saturday, May 26 at 1:19 AM (a year ago)
So aside from the Dreamhost issues, I would like to share what’s new in the latest version as part of my big “get my website online” push:
- PERFORMANCE: Improved the threading mechanisms around image renditions for better stability and performance
- BUGFIX: Made markup tagging work consistently between image types
view.link() now allows overriding
- FEATURE: You can now mark an entry with an
GONE, which results in a 410 error instead of a 404 (be the envy of your web-developer nerd friends!)
- FEATURE: Error templates will automatically use the x00 error code as a potential fallback (e.g. error code 503 will also fall back to a template for 500)
- FEATURE: Entry titles can now have Markdown in them, and it usually works most of the time!
- BUGFIX: Now when running in debug mode you don’t end up with two watchdog threads
- FEATURE/QUALITY: Refactored the way error pages are handled, and now if you get a 404-type error on a page while the index is being asynchronously scanned, it’ll turn into a 503 with a
Retry-After disposition in case it’s just something that hasn’t been indexed yet
- UX: View pagination URLs now all use
id as the query parameter rather than a miasma of contextually-dependent
first which made no sense anyway
Posted Tuesday, May 22 at 5:00 PM (a year ago)
Oh, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted an update, hasn’t it? That’s
because I’ve been very busy building the templates for my personal site! In
doing so I’ve greatly improved the way that view refinements worked, fixed a few
silly bugs with image search paths on templates, and also added an easier way to
specify background images in CSS, via the
I’m really excited to be able to bring my first fully-realized Publ site to the
public; I hope it gets other people interested in what a flexible publishing
system allows them to do!
Posted Saturday, May 19 at 12:00 AM (a year ago)
Today I added two new useful features:
I also implemented the better date sort mentioned previously.
These things are already making my new personal site look way better and easier
to use! I feel like I’m almost ready to flip the switch.
Oh, and I also improved the getting started guide, including
adding basic setup instructions for Linux and Windows. Not that I’ve gotten Publ
to run on Windows, yet, but documenting how to get the environment set up is
the first step, right?
Posted Tuesday, May 15 at 5:21 PM (a year ago)
Today I got two major bits of functionality in: Publ will now asynchronously scan the content index (which speeds up startup and fixes some annoying race conditions with entry creation), and it also asynchronously generates image renditions (which makes pages not take forever to load on first render, and will also use multiple CPU cores if available). Seems to work well so far.
I was running into scaling problems with beesbuzz.biz (what with there being a couple thousand entries and some pages with hundreds of images on it) and this keeps it feeling pretty good.
So, this brings us up to version 0.1.14.
Posted Sunday, May 13 at 11:14 PM (a year ago)
Two major updates for v0.1.13:
- Rewrote the pagination logic to actually work across category-recursive views, and to support pagination where the
sort order isn’t necessarily the same between renders
- Refactored images so that the template
image() function has access to the tag writer
These changes were made as part of migrating beesbuzz.biz over to Publ, which I’ve made a lot of progress on now.
It’s pretty nice getting my overall design proven out, and to shake out all the little bugs and misfeatures.
Hopefully soon I’ll have Publ in a state where I feel comfortable releasing it as beta.
Posted Saturday, May 12 at 12:35 PM (a year ago)
I just released v0.1.12 which adds a couple of quick, minor-ish fixes to Unicode handling; in particular:
- UTF-8-containing headers no longer get MIME-mangled on first import
- I finally made the automatic slug text way better by switching to awesome-slugify
So, now it’s no longer US-English-centric, at least. Right now it just uses the defaults; at some point I’ll want to make it so that you can configure a site’s or entry’s language locale so that things work better on that end too.
Posted Thursday, May 10 at 7:06 PM (a year ago)
I have now implemented the basic OpenGraph API to Publ, so now a template can generate an OpenGraph card with
So in theory when this entry gets autoposted to Twitter, this first paragraph should appear, as should the below image:
Anyway that’s what’s new in v0.1.11 (as well as a bunch of internal refactoring to support this addition).