affiliate2.root is a Frontier 6.1 app that reads a static XML file containing the current hour's My.UserLand stories, watching for changes. When there is a change, it reads the file, parses the XML and adds the stories to a Frontier object database calendar structure.
Why would you want to add My.UserLand stories to your content system? Look at how I've done it on Scripting News. I've included the most recent stories from Tomalak's Realm and Salon, Red Herring, Wired and Motley Fool. You see this kind of stuff popping up all over the web. My.UserLand has the most diverse set of channels that are available publicly and free of charge.
It should be straightforward to create affiliates in any content system or database scripting environment that can process XML.
Josh Lucas, a Java developer and one of our Support Associates, has been working with affiliate2.root.
Matt Neuburg: "I am one of those people who abhors beta software, and who believes in a clean install. I waited until Frontier 6.1 had shipped. I downloaded the clean 6.1 complete, and migrated my old data over to it, slowly and carefully. This took all day, from dawn to dark. It was worth it. I recommend this approach, and although I have isolated some bugs, I very very strongly recommend upgrading. This is a Better Frontier."
In our world, no higher praise is possible.
New Manila feature: Members box customization.
Pyra released Blogger 2.0 today. A market is shaping up. I love the web!
Performance Tip for Manila editors. A small change to your template can make your site load faster, and cause your server to do less work.
I took this afternoon off to play and watch a great movie. We won!
MacWEEK: Compaq to do an iMac.
Fast Company: Idea Summit.
Press release: Windows 2000 Done.
Dan Gillmor: Photography and the Internet. "I told the students, 'You're now on the World Wide Web.' More than a few eyes went wide."
Jeff Cheney, webmaster at MacWEEK, is working on his EditThisPage.Com site.
Ed Draper has new puppies!
Soul Detour is a San Francisco Funk and Blues band.
GridBox has a new look.
Dan Bricklin discovers cell towers disguised as trees. "I've been wanting to do an essay on the topic of cell towers, so I got out some pictures taken on my last trip to Philly earlier this year and scanned them in. (The driver did not take the pictures, but the car was moving.) This "tree", complete with fake leaves, is on the Garden State Parkway at mile 135."
Murphy is my best teacher. Last night around midnight I restarted Nirvana, our most ancient server, but did it while it was running its overnight tasks. Shrugged my shoulders, quit for the day, came back in the morning and my world was hosed! I did a save-copy on every database that could be causing a problem, and the lights came back on. I learned my lesson. I hope!
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