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Latest News...

WordPress 3.0 and Gigs Calendar

My plugin had a slight (and easy to miss) compatibility problem with the new version of jQuery that came with WordPress 3.0.

I’ve just released a fix in version 0.4.8 for that.  It should show up in your dashboard soon.

Update: I left some debug code in that will cause problems for some people.  I’ve released an update that has all of that removed.

Gigs Calendar 0.4.6

Ok, so in 0.4.5 I added in a security “feature” that would block people without proper security levels from seeing the admin pages.  This was a temporary kludgy fix that is probably going to go away sooner rather than later.

The only problem was that it made the plugin a little too secure and blocked all users from using their new installs.  This wasn’t a problem related to a specific version of WordPress, only fresh installs of Gigs Calendar 0.4.5.  This new version should fix the problem for you and let you gig away happily.

Comment Bankrupcy

I’ve got to declare comment bankrupcy.  I am going to do my best to answer any comment posted in the last two months, but I’ve got a bunch of older ones that I never got around to responding to, so I’m going to approve the remaining ones in my queue but I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to answering the old ones.  If you still have a question, leave a new comment.

Here are some things you can do to help me answer your questions quickly:

  • Double-check your email address.  Too many people misspell their own email address and I will never really be able to get back in touch with them.
  • Don’t comment on an old version’s post.  Many people seem to just come in and comment on the first post Google sent them to.  Find the appropriate post for the latest version of the plugin.  If you’re not using the latest version of the plugin, you need to upgrade anyway.
  • Provide a link to an example of the problem you’re having.

Sorry for not getting back to so many comments.  I’ll do my best to answer them in a timely fashion in the future.

Just FYI

If I am slow responding to any comments or emails this week, it’s because I am without internet at home.  I won’t have any internet until AT&T sends me a new DSL modem.  I apologize if I miss any important issues because of this.

Discography v1.0 Wishlist

I am probably going to be working on a revamped version of my Discography plugin before too long.  I am hoping to make it much more usable and stable.  I also want to get a list of the ultimate features that you, the users, would like to have.  This is about you after all.  Once I have an idea of what the community wants and what is doable, I will probably make a survey to let people vote on their most urgent needs.

If you’ve got a pie-in-the-sky feature, leave a comment on this post to let me know.  Go ahead and leave a comment even if you know I’ve mentioned something before.  I don’t want to let anything slip through the cracks if it is important.

Gigs Calendar 0.4.4

I’ve just put up a bug fix release.  If you upgraded to 0.4.3, you might have noticed that the icons in the calendar list broke suddenly.  That was a pretty simple mistake that I made and it should be fixed now.  Also, I’ve added Finnish and Spanish translations that two contributors were kind enough to provide.

Gigs Calendar 0.4.3

I’ve just tagged the 0.4.3 release of Gigs Calendar.  This version lets you use the plugin with the FORCE_SSL_ADMIN setting in WordPress.  If you have any other favorite bugs that you’d like me to look into, let me know.  I’ve got a list of some, but it can’t hurt to remind me.

WordPress 2.7 released and Plugin upgrades

WordPress 2.7 was released yesterday and there are a lot of great changes.  I’ve been using the beta for some time now, and I can tell you that I really like the new administration panels.  The upgrade has been pretty painless for me, but the new side menus made me push out a new version of my plugins.

Both Gigs Calendar and Discography have been updated for the latest version of WordPress.  Before 2.7, the best place for the administration pages for my plugins was under “Manage”.  In 2.7, that particular section is gone, so I’ve moved them up into their own section and should appear below “Comments” in the side menu.  At some point, I may support the drop down menus that the built in menu items have.

The Gigs Calendar update also contains several important bug fixes that had not been in a previous release.

Good luck upgrading!

Discography 0.1.6 – Lightweight Flash Player

I’ve added an option to the plugin to let you use the lightweight Delicious “playtagger” player on your site.  This will be much faster than the default flash player, but will make it much easier for people to download your music.  If this is undesirable, stick with the default one.

As always, the new version is up for download on the WordPress.org plugin page.

Discography 0.1.5 – Fixing some dumb code

When I was originally hacking this plugin together, I wasn’t sure how to find the address of a page within WordPress, so I had a really dumb solution to get it.  Long story short, custom permalink structures simply wouldn’t work with this plugin.  That is no longer true! Yay!

Also, I fixed the issue that put a slash before apostrophes in the page titles.