My last real bit of work on the new Battle Blog was the end of last December. This weekend I finally found it in me to surge and get something done. I'm happy to report to anyone curious that I've gotten it to a point that, if one did nothing too odd, the blog would behave normally enough to carry a presentation - public comments included. Still it's far from prime time and its pretty crude looking.
If you're wondering what major issues the new Battle Blog will address here they are:
- Improved commenting agility. Comments can be enabled globally/individually; there are in fact at least 5 different commenting behaviors
- Authenticated usage. users can now register or not and a class of blog behavior exists for each situation. For instance, depending on commenting configuration, only registered users can leave comments while non-authenticated users cannot (pretty standard for, like, ev-uh in other blog apps)
- Instant presentation configuration. Battle blog can now be served up in single, left, or right column format. And, it's all established with a clean reference in the new Battle Blog configuration file. The market for Battle Blog today are legacy ASP operators who want something to hit the ground running with. Like no version before the new version will allow that while at the same time, remain acceptably configurable in order to effectively brand.
- I'm also concentrating on validating input more tightly and learning what I can about the potential for SQL injection attacks. Whether or not I am comfortable at having done so enough will determine the next distribution model.
I promise to include some screenshots soon!