Forum OpenACS Development: Help needed with lars-blogger

Posted by Lars Pind on
We're trying to spice up lars-blogger a bit in time for Blogger Con, where Carl Blesius will push .LRN with blogging facilities under the "Weblogs in Education" workshop:

Here are the things we've covered:

- RSS 2.0 support is implemented

- Categories are implemented for PG, need porting to Oracle, and general testing

- Dave (Bauer, not Winer) is trying to get trackback in.

Still missing are:

- Ability to modify templates (per-instance or per-user)

- Support for Blogger API and MetaWeblog API.

Any volunteers? The conference is the coming weekend.

I know we have a feature freeze, but lars-blogger is not core, so we can make an exception, given the amazing opportunity at hand.


Posted by Vinod Kurup on
I just wanted to mention that I'm working on getting support for the Blogger and MetaWeblog API into lars-blogger. Unfortunately, I didn't get it done in time for BloggerCon, but it should hopefully be done soon.

I've taken Dave's ns_xmlrpc module and made it a normal OpenACS service package, using tDOM instead of ns_xml. I think it should be a singleton package.

ns_xmlrpc sets up a registered proc that processes all requests to http://mysite/RPC2. I was going to set up an index.vuh to do the same thing in my package, but I've noticed a slight problem. We redirect users from /RPC2 to /RPC2/, but some XMLRPC clients (at least 2 that I've tested - pythons xmlrpc lib and do not follow redirects. While you could always make sure to tell your users to include the trailing slash in the URL, that seems unfriendly. Could we do a rp_internal_redirect instead of ad_returnredirect when redirecting from http://mysite/blah to http://mysite/blah/ or would that cause some other problems?

In the meantime, I guess I'll revert to using a registered proc.

Posted by Tilmann Singer on
Vinod, try to set up a RPC2.vuh directly instead of RPC2/index.vuh. AFAIK it should serve a request to RPC2 without redirect to RPC2/. It should also be able to serve requests to RPC2/bla/foo, if that is needed.
Posted by Vinod Kurup on

But then, if I wanted my XML-RPC server to be at, I'd need to put the RPC2.vuh in /web/example/www/, right? That would probably be un-kosher for my package to be adding files to the www directory, I think.

I initially hoped to use the index.vuh functionality to give the user more flexibility about what URL their XMLRPC server would listen on. Mount it at RPC2 and it would listen on Mount it at rpc and it would listen on Cool, I thought - less work for me :-) But, it's kinda irrelevant since it's easy enough to set up a registered proc and then set up a simple admin interface to change the URL if you want.

I also just noticed that there is a protocol called RSD ( which means Really Simple Discovery and allows clients to find out all this info automatically.

Posted by Tilmann Singer on
Vinod, you're right. If you put that in a mountable package it would need to be at least at to avoid the redirect.
Posted by Caroline Meeks on
Where are we in terms of including photos in weblogs?
Posted by Talli Somekh on
BTW, Vinod, this friggin rocks. It would be great to have XMLRPC code access.