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The Windows 8 'Beta' was released yesterday. I had been trying Fedora for the past 6 months or so. I was growing tired of Gnome 3 and had considered buying a copy of Windows 7 or going back to Ubuntu. When I saw Tuesday night that Windows 8 preview would likely be released on the 29th Feb, I decided I'd give it a shot. It's free and it doesn't expire until Jan 2013 (estimated). 

3:28 am

Since I am finished with my goal for the week, already, I think I'll spend the rest of the week working on the Dashboard and on a new Blocks system. By Dashboard, I mean adding support for the Dashboard to applications, so I can actually manage settings, users, privileges, applications, etc through the Dashboard. The blocks will be an ongoing experiment, but finishing that should be a goal for an upcoming week soon. I'll probably spend a little time working on the CF documentation as well, if I have time.

3:17 amNew Theme

I've uploaded the newest ClayCMS theme here. It's called simplestyle_4, based an HTML template of the same name. There is a link in the footer to the site that offers the template. I'd like to design a new theme myself, but this is still a huge step up from what I had on here before.

6:37 amBlocks

Working on themes always makes me think of Blocks. I think a blocks system will be in an upcoming Goal Week very soon.

I've been working on my new theme for Goal Week. It's based on an open source template, since I don't have time to entirely design one myself. It's looking really nice and already puts this one to shame, which I did design. Of course this theme, named empty, is supposed to be an example theme - simple and to the point. I think I spent all of an hour putting it together and most of that was improving application templates. Anyway, I've spent a few hours adapting the open source template I downloaded and it should be ready in a few days. I'll probably put it on the site once it's finished (which is relative since nothing is ever finished). 

9:27 pmOops

Forgot to change the site name back...done.  haha

9:26 pm

So I finally go the site updated, what's next? More updates. There are lots of things left to do. I need to finish my HTML filter, so I don't have to filter all HTML out of my Blog posts. I need to add the Application admin to the Dashboard, as well as some of admin hooks. I also want to get the user profiles finished and allow users to register here. once users can register I will add make it so the Blog app becomes multiuser. I'm trying to decide on how to do a comments system also. I still have to finish writing the docs for Clay Framework and start on the docs for ClayCMS. I still need to add admin components to System, Privileges, and Users application. There are lots of things left to be done...

My goal this week is to make a new theme for this site. It will hopefully be ready by the end of the week. If not it will make it into my (new) regular update schedule 2 weeks from now.

The next version of PHP, which I am running here now, makes PHP a stricter language. That's good, but when you've been writing code for a long time sometimes you do not realize you are doing something wrong if it works. That has been the case here. I noticed some PHP warnings showing up a few weeks ago here. They had upgraded PHP to the latest RC, which I unfortunately run PHP 5.3 on my developer machine (not for long). The code on this site was almost a year old and I checked the code I would be uploading to check for any coding errors. It looked correct in my dev code. Unfortunately I had a class method returning a string, but some code that was using was older and expected an array. This was cauing warnings to show up, as it was being treated as an array, which is wrong. 

9:10 pmSite Upgraded
I updated the site around 5pm, as planned. Unfortunately I ran into some problems, then I had to stop working on it for a while. The good news is the site is back and the my blog is restored. I did a clean install and just imported my old blog posts. It feel good to finally have the dashboard on here :)
6:49 amUpdate Day
There will be a site update today, probably around 5pm CST.
I've been working on new Guides for the Clay Framework (CF) documentation. I've also been working on setting up a structure so the docs are consistent. The CF Developer Guide will be the most comprehensive, covering every Library available in CF. I've also begun work on the guide "Building an Application using Clay Framework", which is the Application Developer Guide. I've created a new repo, named mycfsite, under clay on Github for this guide. I've also created a new repo under clay, named mycfplatform, which will serve as a companion repo for the guide "Building Application Platforms use Clay Framework". I have plans for other guides as well, including the CF Reference Guide (a compacted version of the Developer Guide) and ClayDB Developer Guide. The guides will cross-reference each other and be published in several formats.