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Battle Blog 2.0 Alpha Version 1.5 Released
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A new version of Battle Blog has been posted.  Feel free to download and try it out.

Here are some highlights:

  • Archiving functionality is not yet hardcoded (developers can easily build their own in the meantime)
  • Comment restriction controls are not thoroughly tested but seem to work at a high level
  • CK editor has been upgraded to the 4.4.0 version and has been preconfigured to inhibit most syntax checking so that anything (including video embeds) work properly while composing an entry.
  • New "tag" feature allows words in entries to be automatically hyperlinked when word is entered into the tag library.  This feature is also great for building your own "quick syntax" since symbols or patterns of words can be spotted and converted to HTML the same way standard words can.  So, for example, if there is a profile picture of yourself that you like to include in each or most of your postings, you can associate the HTML syntax needed to insert it with a tag. When composing your entry you can simply enter the tag and in the actual entry and your profile picture will appear automatically. 
  • More checks to prevent input hacks have been in place but this is a work in progress.  Most of the most vulnerable input fields are protected or mitigated but there are probably more to be checked.  This will likely never end.

-- That's it.  Of course there were bug fixes and new implementations of a minor scale that I am surely missing in this detail but these won't be change-logged until I am at least releasing beta versions.  For now it's keep on chugging!

Update on Battle Blog
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Work on Battle Blog continues.  There are many fixes and much forward development since the last Alpha posting of Battle Blog.  I will try to post a new version of it by end of March.  

I noticed that the directory of operating Battle Blogs was experiencing serious link-rot in that I moved most of the working BB examples to other hosting arrangements but didn't update the links.  That has been fixed.  These are currently stable and fresh looking Battle Blog operations that are running today (lifted straight from the download page where these are listed directly):

I run all of these.  Since BB has not spread as far as the original version pegged in security communication networks as being highly vulnerable, there are no versions "in the wild" to point you to yet.  One reason I'm taking my time with Battle Blog 2.0 is to make sure that I can do everything within my expertise to do, to block SQL injection attacks and the like.

If you get one up and running, something I would not attempt until I post the fresh distributable, be sure to let me know so that I can include it on the list.

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Ahead of Battle Blog's code release I've started up the Battle Blog Support Group at Google Groups.  If you are interested in this product from a bug and most important security perspective, you should absolutely take the time to join the group and begin networking with other Battle Blog users.   I will be monitoring this group for support questions and security reports, as well as taking the best information from others in discussion there and posting it here at the main site.  I will not respond to any non-administrative e-mails to me regarding Battle Blog.

Battle Blog Release (ALPHA Style)
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Battle Blog 2.0 ALPHA has been released!

I'm wading into the water carefully with this one.  I've been under pressure to release this engine as classic ASP withers and my personal time becomes more constrained by the day.   Battle Blog 2.0 is a complete re-work of previous Battle Blog and incorporates AJAX based promotion/demotion controls which should motivate at least a few people out there to give it a whirl.

Picture of me holding glass of wine on Battle Blog 2.0 Alpha Release night

A glass of wine to celebrate Battle Blog 2.0's alpha release.

You can download this version of Battle Blog, set it up, and actually run a decent blog.  But as I'm loudly noting it is an "alpha" release and some of the functionality you would expect, including functionality alluded to in the documentation, is not yet available.  Also, I have made an effort to secure the software to a degree that far surpasses the previous versions, but as part of this release I am also urging that everyone strictly monitor the support group for issues and resolutions.   That would be the Battle Blog Support Google Group .  If you are of the brave character to be installing alpha software written by unregulated intermediate level programmers, at least do yourself the favor of monitoring this group and be prepared to patch holes as they are discovered and communicated.  Also, please contribute your experiences.  I would suggest that the alpha users only run this version on hosted shared servers where security is professionally monitored and the impact of wayward attacks extremely limited.

If you need a quick fix visual of sites currently running off Battle Blog, here's my set:

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Using the miracle of embedded Google Docs, I've placed a live list of currently known issues and bugs here.  This regularly updated spreadsheet should help you determine if you want to proceed with this particular iteration of this Battle Blog, risks and all, or if you want to wait for a more polished one.

April 2012 Bug List
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I've been moving offices and rebuilding my personal technical studio.  Here is where we are on Battle Blog development progress right now.  There won't be a release until most of the critical fixes are in place.

Screenshot of project spreadsheet indicating progress.

View the actual chart in its original size.

A New Running Battle Blog Site
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I am pleased to announce that the LinkHugger.com blog now uses Battle Blog.

This is the latest in a series of actual running Battle Blogs.  As of this date the code is not available to the public at large.  The sites using Battle Blog today are all affiliated with Battle Blog author David Pinero, aka Dave the Web Guy.

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I took a break from Battle Blog last weekend to code up LinkHugger.com .  This is a website that allows web links to be shared interpersonally using special "link codes".  So, for example, you have your significant other at work in one office while you toil in another.  LinkHugger.com allows you to share links throughout the day outside of e-mail or instant messaging.  The service retains links until you've each visited them, or can keep them if you chooose.  Anyway, it's a handy service I'm spreading the word about, and I know that most of you dropping in might be fans of my coding projects enough to do so yourself.  Please hit the page and be sure to use the social media buttons to spread the word!

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