Wateronmars — my news reader and bookmark saving web app — has recently got some new features: every items (feed sources and bookmarks) can now be easily edited and removed.
Not too soon, right ? I’ve actually been using it since a little more than 1 year to consume my feeds and store some links and the need to edit a bookmark title or to un-subscribe from some feed wasn’t a big urge, but eventually became big enough to motivate to add the missing forms and bit of REST API.
This was also the occasion to clean a little more some of the pages, which, in turn, is a just a prelude of the next big feature to come: internationalization (more on that later).
The result has a certain feeling of completeness and can be seen on the demo site on heroku and in the sources on github.
Yapsy – my fat-free DIY python plugin management toolkit — has recently jumped from 1.10 to 1.11 with a great new contribution: allowing plugins to run in their own processes separated from the plugin manager’s (and presumably the application’s) own process.
Adding brand new features is not very frequent for Yapsy (last time was 2 years and a half ago !) but it doesn’t prevent people from using it and contributing to it, which I find really nice.
Besides the features there has been also a fair number of bug fixes contributed which, I guess, can be interpreted as a good sign (even though I’d prefer to have it bug-free).
All of this was the occasion to improve a little more the documentation (also on readthedoc) to be more helpful and make sure that people know how and where to contribute (spoiler: github pull requests are perfectly fine if you’ve lost your sourceforge credentials and don’t intend to get them back ;) )
You can read more on the latest release notes:
I’ve just released a minor version of Yapsy, a small python library for plugin management.
Not a big deal actually, just a few adjustments to take into account the feedback from developers of the Nikola project where yapsy is used as a support for the application’s modular structure.
I also took from them the idea of registering yapsy to coveralls.io which motivated me to add some unit-test just to get the green badge reserved for a test coverage higher than 90%.
WaterOnMars provides bookmarklets to do basic actions like subscribing to an RSS feed or to bookmark a web page.
Bookmarklets are very handy and they work pretty well with desktop browsers, but mobile browsers hardly support them. Unfortunately, since a few months I’ve been browsing the net and reading news on WaterOnMars almost exclusively from my (Android) tablet.
A common solution to get similar functionality as bookmarklets on mobile platform is to develop Android-specific applications.
However I did find an alternative solution, which may not be 100% user friendly, but remains quite handy: the Bookmarklet Free app !
When I started developing WaterOnMars, the fashionable toolkit for web GUI work was the version 2 of Twitter Bootstrap. Of course, by the time my project reached a truly usable state, the version 3 of bootstrap was released and the version 2 stopped being maintained. Another example of the perpetual obsolescence developers have had to face since the dawn of time (e.g the 70’s).
Version 3’s major feature being its first class support for mobile platform and my main usage of WaterOnMars being via a tablet, migrating was really tempting but I had no idea how much work I’d have to put into it.
I did it a few weeks a go though and the good news was that it’s been much much easier that I thought.