At the end of last month, I went to the March meet-up of Worthing Digital where Harry Brignull from Clearleft described the development of an iPad app for The Week magazine. Taking a print magazine’s content and designing a tablet app in ten weeks was, I think, a tough challenge, so it was great to hear the project described in some detail.
I wanted to add my most popular posts (as measured by visitor logs) to this Textpattern site and display them. After searching through the Textpattern forums, it seemed that several plug-ins were available but most of these were now defunct. Until I came across the smd_lately plug-in by Stef Dawson. You can use it in a variety of different ways but, for me, I want to show the most popular posts over the last month. A ‘rolling’ total if you like.
The plugin code I used for this is:
<txp:smd_lately by="" sort="popularity" wraptag="ul" break="li" limit="10" within="1 month" />
I’ve used the plug-in on this site. It worked great.
PS: Make sure you are using the cache_time attribute with the plug-in to avoid heavy database use; this will speed up page load times. See this forum thread for details.
Update: This plug-in is not is use on the site any more because I wanted to put something else in its place.
I wrote about the 12414 project a few months ago. It’s an initiative to encourage you to learn new things over the course of 2012 and I signed up so that I would have to set aside more time for personal learning over the course of the year. That’s been partly successful but I haven’t done as much as I would have liked in the first few months. However, what I have done is read up on the HTML5 Geolocation API, which is a subject that I didn’t know much about. Here are a few of the articles and tutorials that I have been reading.
Classic Bags is a Sussex-based retailer that sells luggage and handbags from many top brands. Over recent months, we’ve redeveloped their website and changed it from a brochure-style site into an ecommerce website.
For the new website, we used shop software from Ecommerce Templates. This shopping cart software has a ton of features, is very customisable, and is under constant development. The software will work out of the box so-to-speak but that’s rarely an option these days because every website has its own requirements and there are some things that always need customising.
Recently, @MikeStreety wrote a blog post called My Favourite 5 Books, started a #bookstobuy hashtag on Twitter, and suggested that a few other folks could write blog posts with a similar theme. Here’s my contribution to that.
I found it quite difficult choose only five from my bookshelf so I’ve chosen five books that I found easy to read. My concentration span for reading seems a lot less these days so if I find a book easy to read, that’s quite a compliment! Anyway, without further ado, here are my #bookstobuy book suggestions.
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