Morgan’s WIP Manager

As most of you have probably noticed from my (infrequent) posts over at my LiveJournal and/or elsewheres on the ‘net, this hasn’t been a good set of months for me. I haven’t gotten much done lately due to my increasingly frequent migraines.

As such, I decided to spend some time today cleaning up the WIP Manager and rolling it out. It’s not “complete” like I wanted it to be, but if I wait for that… well, we’ll all be waiting a while. I’d rather have it out there and usable than delay the release further.

Support for characters does not exist– if there is a link that takes you to anything character-related, it’ll fail. The summary reports folks could see over at Evo aren’t coded in, either. Nor is the RSS feed. I did get the widget coded, however, which is more than I thought I’d have a chance to get into 0.1.

This is designed for single-author WP installations (though it should play nicely with WPMU, which is something I’ll be testing shortly). The only nod that I’ve given to multi-user WP blogs (such as author loops) is an option for the widget, to show which author is posting the WIP update.

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I’ll do my best to respond to bug reports, but I can’t guarantee that my response will be timely. Sorry in advance.

Download here:

WIP Manager Progress…

Progress proceeds apace. I’ve managed to go through and simplify some of the conversion process a bit (thanks to VI’s wonderful regex engine) and looking at the code blocks I’ve isolated 12 remaining in need of conversion. One or two of them, I believe that I’ll end up scrapping as they deal with the way multiple users were handled on Evolution. With this WordPress version, multiple users will be best handled with WP-MU where each user will have their own blog. I could probably do it a different way, but it makes no sense given that the plugin uses the Admin Panel backend for management.

The work won’t be done when that’s complete, not by far, but at that point it’ll be usable to you the same way it is over at Evolution. Once all the conversion is complete, then I need to add in:

  • A widget to show your latest progress
  • An admin page to control options (permalink style, base?, etc)
  • A template system so people can show off their WIP pages however they want

Once the conversion is done I’ll roll the first version out and then do updates; I won’t wait for the other 3 items to be complete to issue a release.

State of the Hacker…

WordPress 2.1 changed how the links were stored in the database so the drop-down links widget will not work with WP 2.1. I’ll be rolling a new version soon. Things have been pretty busy for me lately (see my LiveJournal for more information) but I’ll try to get this going as soon as possible. I’m really digging WP 2.1, so I’m looking to get all my widgets updated for it.

I’m also going to be branching out into developing some pure WP plugins, rather than just sticking to widgets. I’m going to take some of the writer’s tools I’ve developed for Evolution Writers and make them into WP plugins (like the WIP manager, the progress meters, etc.). They’ll support WP-MU as well, and I’ll be installing them over on my MU install at Authors Abode.

I’ve also been developing a LUA add-on for World of Warcraft called UFActionBars (Unit Frame Action Bars) which is basically a replacement for the defunct Group Buttons mod that died– along with a slew of so very many others– with the launch of 2.0.

I’m also working on StormChat again. Now that the server move has been completed I’ve moved the CVS repository over and started work on cleaning up the code (again). I’ve written a quick, off-the-cuff FAL to get it to work with WordPress for the wife and will be expanding it to work nicely with WP-MU so I can install it on Authors Abode as well.

I still haven’t had a chance to dig up documentation on how to localize widgets/plugins in WordPress. If any readers happen to have a bookmark they can toss me, that’d be much appreciated. Thanks!