Recent Movable Type Posts



January 11, 2009

Using IfArchiveType to display keywords on Entry pages

Some times it is easy to find useful code snippets for Movable Type, sometimes not. I had always wondered how you would intelligently include META information (specifically keywords), and after a few tries, and looking through the tag reference on MT.org, I found IfArchiveType.

Starting the mt:if statement off with IfArchiveType is important because IfArchiveType itself is a block tag. I also am using BlogID and some global and local template modules. Hit the jump for the code an a short description

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January 7, 2009

Follow Up on my MT and Facebook Connect Problem

Just because I don't want to type things twice, please read this post.

December 21, 2008

Brightkite Action Stream by Yves Luther

Yves Luther has created a Brightkite plugin for Action Streams. If you are using the very basic LI code to create an entire Action Streams block of code:

<li class="hentry service-icon service-<mt:var name="service_type">"> <span class="entry-content">
<mt:StreamAction smarty_pants="1">
</span> </li>

The Brightkite plugin produces this:

„meancode checked in @ 133 N Prospect St“

Keep reading to see my way of changing it.

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Two Problems with Facebook Connect and Movable Type 4.23

Just upgraded to MT 4.23. Works fine. Rebuilt everything, can comment, post, etc, etc. No problems at all. So I installed the Facebook Connect plugin (I understand the plugin is in beta) and have all types of problems. First of all, FB comments work. I have that working just fine. You can see that in action here.

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September 17, 2008

Blogcritics Action Stream is Live

For those of you who have decided to jump in and install Mark Pask's excellent Action Stream plugin, there is now a Blogcritics plugin too, thanks to Gautam Patel.

You can see it in action on my action stream page, which I will soon have here on Breaking Windows.

September 12, 2008

Last.fm Now Works in My Action Stream

After about 20 emails back and forth John figured out how to fix a bug in his Last.fm plugin for Action Streams.

So thanks to John to all the help.

My Action Stream is currently at my BG Views blog, mainly because I am still running MT 3.35 here.

BG Views Developer Blog

Introducing the BG Views Developer Blog. Not sure what this is all about? Check the About page. Other than that, stay tuned for more (at the dev blog, I will not be double posting).

September 9, 2008

I love MT Pro 4.2

They have really expanded the use of the If statement, and right now I am making heavy use of it on a current project.

In other news, MT Pro 4.2 is one heck of an upgrade from the version of MTCS I was using earlier this summer: My thoughts on MT Pro; My original post on MTCS that got some attention on the Internets.

And randomly (but related!) I finally got Action Streams working. In reality it did not take much work at all. Just some time and patience. I still have to declare some CSS rules for some services that were added after the 1.0 release of Action Streams.

Now maybe I will upgrade my blog to MT 4.2... ha ha yea when I have free time.

March 13, 2008

Movable Type Community Solution

UPDATE: I do not appreciate being used in some embroiled WP v. MT argument. Thanks but no thanks (for those not playing along at home, I refer you to this post). My point in this post was not to voice frustration, merely point out the differences.

I have been a non-paying, and paying customer for years. Before MT cost money, I donated. Because I did that, I -- like many others who donated -- were given free personal licenses for MT 3 when it came out. That was a very kind gesture for them.

My comments below are a stepping off point, and I am not merely "trying" to use MTCS for a client. I am using MTCS for a client. I have yet to come upon a situation where I am butting heads with the software, the difference in MTCS being that many parts of the coding, specifically the use of many global templates, is not found in MTOS or MT 4.1 Commercial. Movable Type as a whole is very malleable software. I have been successful in using it in very different ways, and that is why I am a huge supporter of the platform.

I have had the opportunity to work with a number of the people at Six Apart, and they are great people to work with. Their paid support is amazing, and fast, and the user community over at the community forums and ProNet are equally amazing.

It is amazing to think that I have been using Movable Type for five years. I have created many sites and blogs in it. Now I am moving on to something bigger, much bigger: Movable Type Community Solution.

I cannot tell you who the client it, but lets go with "big secret client" for "big secret project."

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