[Server-devel] Reg: Google summer of Code under OLPC

Greg Smith (gregmsmi) gregmsmi at cisco.com
Fri Mar 28 16:27:23 EDT 2008

Hi Martin,

Great advice, thanks!

We're not tied to Google blogger at all. Just want to have an option to
shout out to the world, somewhere. That looks like a winning design with
minimal effort.


Greg S 

-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Langhoff [mailto:martin.langhoff at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 4:15 PM
To: Greg Smith (gregmsmi)
Cc: server-devel at lists.laptop.org
Subject: Re: [Server-devel] Reg: Google summer of Code under OLPC

On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM, Greg Smith (gregmsmi)
<gregmsmi at cisco.com> wrote:
>  In short the kids want to blog! I think we all need to hear their 
> voices  too.

Hi Greg!

I sure want to support blogging. My concern is the blogger tie-in. A
simple suggestion - make the "upstream" blogging action pluggable.

What I'd suggest - in very brief terms - is

 - blog on the XS (WP is ok, as would be Drupal, but do consider
Moodle's blog facility, or the new 'oubog' moodle module)
 - the blog on the XS can have an option "publish to the world"...
 - which uses a simple pluggable mechanism to publish out...

the basic pluggable module needs to have 1 function/method: post blog
entry :-) (which returns the url of the blog entry on success?). In
practice you might need a few more, for example a "register account"
method if it can be automated...

With that generic machinery in place, if provide a blogger.com plugin,
that's great. Ideally I'd like to see other plugins that can be pointed
to a standalone WP install on the internet, so a local education
authority could run it.

Just don't make it _tied_ to blogger.com -- which is a commercial, add
supported service. There are good blog APIs so you don't actually need
to - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MetaWeblog


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