Some blog updates, the details of which will no doubt enthrall and excite very few of you.
Under the covers, the entire girtby site (such as it is) is now stored in an SVK
repository depot. SVK is a great little distributed version control system built on top of Subversion. I want to say more about it in future, but for now it is really helping me maintain this site.
I use it like this. First I set up local mirrors of various Subversion repositories. The mephisto repository, the 1-2-stable branch of rails, and the repository for my one and only plugin. With a single
svk sync -a, I can download the most recent changes in all of those repositories, and access it locally.
So then I copy the source from each of these repositories into a new local branch. Any changes I make on this local branch are, of course, isolated from the mirrored sources that I just downloaded.
When time comes to update, I can just merge across from the appropriate mirrored repository into my local branch. The really cool thing is that this merge is generally painless because SVK manages to track merge points (a well-known limitation of Subversion). This means it can do a three-way diff and hence get the merge right ninety-nine times out of a hundred. Plus the Mephisto codebase has extensive unit tests that really help the confidence level.
Result: updating to the latest Mephisto, rails, etc is extremely easy. You wordpress guys really should do yaself a favour.
There have also been some subtle changes to the girtby stylesheet. Hopefully it looks better, although you be the judge.
Thanks to the version control I can tell you in exact detail what was changed, but I'll spare you from that. Suffice it to say: some font changes, de-cluttering, and general tidyup. There is more to do here.
Of course the most visible change is the new Markdown WYSIWYM comment editor, WMD. Let me know what you think of it. I'm very impressed so far, this is how WYSIWYM editors should be done.