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User Accounts Removed

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

I’ve gone through and removed all accounts on the blog here. They aren’t needed for commenting and as there’s no other reason for them, I’ve disabled signups as well.

I will be setting up integration with the forums so that if you are logged in there, your name, email and URL will be autofilled in the comments form. This should help with a few things I’ll be setting up soon, such as a central place to subscribe to feeds so sites can add “Subscribe to Lilina” buttons.

I (heart) jQuery

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I added jQuery into the mix today. It should be able to replace all of the functions currently used in engine.js

As an example, expanding and collapsing items. Up until the revision 89, around 45 lines were used for working out what was clicked and changing it and the background. It took every click and checked whether it was needed. If it was, it went through complicated processes working out what to do.
With jQuery, it’s all handled for us, and the only code we need is:
$(document).ready(function() {
$(".title").click(function(){
$(this).next().next().slideToggle().parent().toggleClass("c1").toggleClass("c2");
});
});

Review: We cut down 45 lines to 3 lines! Everything is handled for us now by jQuery and is about 4 times faster. Plus, it’s ultra easy to add new features, like the removal of date headers. Thanks jQuery!

And the results are in

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

I just tested Lilina on my laptop which had a few programs running, just to get a fairly accurate time on the loading (my computer is bogged down).

The results were amazing:

  • 3.12 seconds on the first go
  • 1.07 seconds on reload

These times are incredible compared to old loading times of 10 seconds for one feed.

There are some important things to note however:

  • HTMLPurifier uses a lot of CPU and memory resources
    • As the author says: “Precisely why you need to cache HTMLPurifier’s output”
    • However, Lilina does not cache HTMLPurifier’s output. This must be fixed
  • Lilina isn’t finished yet, so the times may be inaccurate.
  • Loading times are dependant on the speed of the server’s connection:
    The faster the server, the less time needed to load

Now, once I get the OPML import up and running, I will be able to test for security flaws.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Happy New Year to all Lilina users!

With the new year, I thought I’d give a run-down of the new features in Lilina 1.0:

  • New admin panel
  • Plugin & Templating system
  • Faster loading times
  • Support for enclosures and podcasts
  • Abilty to rename feeds
  • Configuration via a web-interface
  • Default configuration kept in inc/core/conf.php
  • User settings kept in settings.php
  • RSS and Atom output
  • Caching of the front page
  • XHTML Output
  • Sanitizing feeds – No platypuses turning up in the middle of your pages
  • Proper OPML importing: Doesn’t overwrite your current feeds
  • Database support (Note: not full support, but support)

Plus more ;)

Welcome to the New Lilina Site!

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Welcome to the new and improved Lilina web-site. This takes over from the old site at SourceForge.

On this site, we will host support pages for folks who need some help and development pages for those folks who just want to help.

On the technical side, this site is powered by WordPress and the forums by Vanilla. The style is a custom made one and is integrated with the forums.

I will be using the bug tracker at Google Code and I will be hosting the downloads at Google Code and SourceForge.

1.0-prealpha will be released within a week or so in a semi-usable way. More information on 1.0 coming soon.

Anyway, in the mean time, browse around the site and check out the pages. More are added every day!