Release 20050227 alpha is now available

A new release is available on the download page, including the new Shared Files Module for securely sharing files without directly exposing the file system.  To the user, it looks and feels just like the File Manager module.

Also the Blog Module now has an option to notify you if someone posts a comment as well as some new features to customize the rss feed.

A number of miscellaneous bug fixes are also included.

Also a daily tarball of the VS.NET Solution source files are now available from Novell Forge in addition to anonymous svn checkout, see the download page for details.

If you have any questions or difficulties, please post in the forums.

putting the mojo in the mojoPortal Blog module

Recently my personal blog which runs using mojoPortal was added to monologue. It wasn't working for a while becuase it didn't like the mojoPortal blog feed.  It was the datetime format that was throwing it off. Formatting the date time as GMT fixed the problem but then it wasn't sorting right because my system clock is on Central Time.  So I added a web.config setting for GreenwichMeantimeOffset and setup the feed to adjust the post time to match GMT before formatting it.

Once my feed was displaying on monologue I noticed that there are no handy comment links on monologue like when my posts are displayed in my own blog. I decided it would be easy to add that to the bottom of each post inside the feed since it is generated dynamically.  Seems like a no brainer but I don't see any other feeds with this feature.  I've added 2 module settings to make it configurable, "Add Comments Links To RSS", and "Add Signature To RSS". That way the user of the mojoPortal Blog can decide for himself whether to add a signature link to his site and/or a comments link inside the feed. These features are now available in the latest svn version.

Running on mono

This site is now running on Suse 9.2/apache/mono 1.1.4 Up until now it was running on a Windows server and my demo site at monoForge was my only public site actually running on mono. I'm very excited to finally have this server online. Hopefully the performance and availability will be solid enough. Time will tell.

I had to learn a lot of apache stuff so I could get multiple sites running under 1 ip address using Virtual Hosts. Like everything else, its easy when you know how and seems hard when you don't. So now I've changed the Works With Mono logo to the mono Powered logo!

I'm also learning how to use the awstats log analysis tool. It works pretty sweet on linux. Wonder if I can harvest all my old IIS logs and run a report against them on the linux machine so I don't lose any history going to the new server.

Anonymous SVN Checkout now available

I am happy to announce that the mojoPortal source code is now available using anonymous checkout from a Subversion source control repository hosted on forge.novell.com. See the Download page for details.

Big Thanks to Novell for making this service available free to the open source community!

Monkey Business

My presentation last night at the Nashville Visual Studio .NET user group went very well, see my blog at http://www.joeaudette.com for more on that.