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11 Jun 17

11:27 pm
Feeling a little better (this cold just won't go away!). I've been cleaning up the code for the upgrade, found a few bugs during the pre-release audit. If this cold keeps slowly going away I'll do another test upgrade and at least upgrade Clay this week. I realized earlier I never finished coding the user profiles so I'll add that before I enable the user registration. One day we'll have comments...
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04 Jun 17

10:47 pm
I'm still sick, but I've managed to push a few updates to the clay repo. I have some comments app updates left and then hopefully just a pre-release audit. Hope everyone had a good weekend.
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03 Jun 17

3:02 am
I've been updating the Summernote text editor I've built into Clay. I created a plugin for it that lets you embed content from many different sites, like YouTube, Instagram, etc. The trick is I'm doing it without using iframes, which are a security concern. I've also been rounding out the social features in the blog and comment apps. The Summernote editor will work for comments as well. Unfortunately I caught a summer cold so I haven't been able to finish everything for the site upgrades. Hopefully it'll pass soon and I can do a test upgrade to see what problems may creep in. The first upgrade will just be to clay and adding user access. When that's finished I'll upgrade the design. Eventually...
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23 May 17

12:57 am

Readying Clay for reDeployment / Release

If you've read my blog lately, you know I'm in the process of upgrading the site as well as Clay. Part of that has been a big cleanup of old code, bug fixes, and restructuring. My main focus has been the bugs, but I'm also hardening the security while I'm at it. Part of that is moving unused code out that I don't look at often enough and isn't functioning at a usable level. I'll be segregating a lot of apps and such to a different repo that will act as buffer between the core apps (and such) and extras that may not be up to snuff. There aren't a lot of functioning apps right now, so I'm hoping the segregation will help with maintaining the core code and maybe entice me to finish some of the other stuff. Finally, all of this work means eventually it'll be packaged as Clay [insert version] and I can finally say I released it. I hit commit 666 (quickly followed by 667) today, so I'd say it's about time for a release...
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12:46 am

NYMag.com has a Clay too

So, a couple of weeks ago I received an email about the Clay organization I owned on Github. I've had a few people wanting to use the name, but this time it was a web developer from NYMag.com (yes, the New York Magazine website). It turns out they are developing a CMS named Clay as well, named after the Magazine's founder, and are releasing it as open source. After considering for about a week, I handed over github.com/clay to nymag.com. I did it mainly because I know my Clay will likely remain something that just I use (and others seem to just copy). I'm ok with that, I built it for me. With that said, Clay is still being worked on, it just lives at github.com/daviddyess/clay now.
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22 May 17

2:02 am
In my pursuit of blogging more, I decided I needed to upgrade the site. Well, it's been more work than I expected. It seems at some point I removed the upgrade path for the current version of the site from my development version. Doh!! So, I decided if it's going to be a lot of work, I may as well do it right. The current plan is to enable user registration and comments. I'm also upgrading the styling and a lot of backend stuff to fix some older workarounds I'd put in the code. Hopefully, this will clean up enough of clay to finally do another release version. More on Clay later...
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21 May 17

11:24 am

Site Upgrades Postponed

I'll have to postpone the site upgrade for a few days probably. I will have to break it up more than I had wanted, so there isn't an extended downtime. I'll also be updating the design and layout, as I'm building a new CSS framework to use within Clay and other projects (more on that later).
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15 May 17

9:00 pm

Site Upgrades This Week

I'll be doing some site upgrades this week, so I apologize if there are any outages. 

The upgrades will add more features, I'll make a list once everything is finished.
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8:58 pm

Clay Project Moved

The Clay project on Github has moved under my username instead of under it's own organization. I've updated the link on the left. Github.com/daviddyess/clay.

Move info to come on why, but it's for a good reason :)
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14 May 17

3:56 pm

iotaCSS Starter Kit

Bootstrap is the pseudo standard for CSS/Grid frameworks today and the forthcoming Bootstrap 4 will likely solidify that position further. I love it and use it here. Unfortunately, developers sometimes need an edge and using the same thing everyone else is using doesn't really supply that. A new framework, named iotaCSS (iotaCSS.com) is under development and shows a lot of promise. The framework is entirely based on SASS and is designed to be completely customizable. It provides the base and you build into it, not just onto it like Bootstrap. It also has a very flexible architecture that allows you to add your own components and bend it at your will. The only downside is the framework is so loosely coupled that it is just a series of NPM modules you have to link together. I have created a project on github that brings it all together and gives you a starter kit to work from. Check it out on my github account (daviddyess). It's still under development, but I expect to have the baseline in the repo soon. It's currently functional, I just need to finish commenting the pieces.
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