A little project, son of BartleBlog

I have been posting this blog using PyDS for over 4 years now. Sadly, the PyDS author seems to have abandoned it. Which is sad, because it's nifty software.

However, keeping it working is getting harder every year, and I don't expect to be able to do it soon.

Also, the data is in a Metakit database, which is the most annoying DB ever (no real schema! columnar instead of record oriented! gouge my eyes with a breadstick!)

So, since I have all the data, and my blogging needs are modest, and no tool does exactly what I want, I decided to write my own.

I could make it a web app, maybe using TurboGears, but what the heck, I haven't done a decent GUI app in ... ok, arguably, I never have done a decent one, and my PyQt4 needs some work, and I am kinda in a groove for actually finishing things lately (I am rather proud of RaSPF).

And I have a neat name (BartleBlog) reserved from another aborted app.

So, here's the mandatory screenshot after a couple hours hacking:


And here are the goals:

  • Generate static pages, so it can be used by anyone with a little web space (I am a gipsy)
  • Simple templating (Using cherrytemplate right now, but should be modular)
  • Restructured Text as input mechanism (again, modular)
  • Good support for code snippets
  • Should support static pages (like the ones I have in the Stories link)
  • Integrate with Flickr for images
  • Integrate "chunks" in the templating, where you can do things like setting the right Haloscan comment/trackback links easily
  • Simple category mechanism, with a regexp-based autotagger without creating per-category copies of everything.
  • RSS feed generation, global and per-category.
  • A way to import all my PyDS blog (and maybe my older advogato things)
  • Use sqlite and SQLObject for sane storage.

So far, it's doing some things, I can import, edit, save (by instant application, there is no "save" here).

I can't yet generate the site, or create a new post, and it should take months to make it useful, but let's see how it goes.


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