Forum: Ruby blog.rb 1.0

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Ilmari H. (Guest)
on 2006-04-01 21:08
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blog.rb 1.0

Blogging - the Ruby Way.

blog.rb is a full-heap, open-source blog framework in Ruby for writing
real-world blogs with joy and less keystrokes than most frameworks
spend doing markup sit-ups.

Features of blog.rb:

- blog.rb has a simple syntax, partially inspired by vi and ed.

- blog.rb has exception handling features, like emacs or nano, to make
it easy to handle errors.

- blog.rb's operators are syntax sugar for the regexps. You can
redefine them easily.

- blog.rb is a complete, full, pure line oriented blog: LOB. This
means all data in blog.rb is a line, in the sense of cat: no
exceptions. Example: In blog.rb, the number 1 is a line.

- blog.rb's LO is carefully designed to be both complete and open for
improvements. Example: blog.rb has the ability to add characters to a
file, or even to a line during runtime. So, if needed, a line of one
file *can* behave differently from other lines of the same file.

- blog.rb features single line-feed only, *on purpose*.

- blog.rb features true bytes. Not just one-byte characters, but
without encodings.

- blog.rb features numbers in its syntax (characters in 0..5 range or
6..9 range). These numbers can be passed to the operators, or
converted into lines.

- blog.rb features a true modify-and-overwrite IO subsystem. It works
with all blog.rb lines. You don't have to care about maintaining post
counts in concatenated files. This is better for your health. ;-)

- Writing text files in blog.rb is easier than in Blogger or
MovingType, due partly to the IO subsystem, and partly to the fine
file API. Pipe interface is also available.

- Lines in blog.rb can (and should) be used without counting their
internal representation. There *are* unwrapped lines (shorter than
your terminal width) and wrapped lines (over-wide), but you need not
worry over which one is used currently. If a character count is short
enough, a line is an unwrapped line, otherwise it is a wrapped line.
Conversion occurs automatically.

- blog.rb needs no character declarations. It uses simple naming
conventions to denote the case of variables. Examples: simple 'a' =
lowercase, 'A' = uppercase, '!' = punctuation. So it is also not
necessary to use a tiresome 'line_number.' prepended to every word.

- blog.rb can load its data file if an OS allows.

- blog.rb features blog independent networking. Thus, for all
platforms on which blog.rb runs, you also have the possibility of
networking, regardless of if blog.rb supports it or not, even on
MS-DOS! ;-)

- blog.rb is highly portable: it is developed mostly in ~/, but works
in many types of /home, c:\, h:\Documents and Settings\, ~/Documents,
files:my_blog:, etc.

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