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Thingamablog Add-On Of The Year

Entry 344 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash

You may know or not know this and probably you don't care but this blog is entirely made up with Thingamablog (or TAMB).

Thingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application that makes authoring and publishing your weblogs almost effortless. Unlike most blogging solutions, Thingamablog does NOT require a third-party blogging host, a cgi/php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. In fact, all you need to setup, and manage, a blog with Thingamablog is FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server.

The last upgrade from TAMB already dates from the 21st of December 2006 and that was only a small bug fix release. Now I am not one of these guys that want to have an upgrade just for the sake of having an upgrade. I have been tempted in the past trying every latest grand cri but after a rather nasty computer crash while testing a new personal firewall I decided to stick to those old trustworthy programs I know of they will work.

An example: my spam software is K9, a program that hasn't been changed since the 18th of April 2004 and despite the fact that it is, measured in software life cycles, hopelessly geriatric it is, in my opinion, still the best spam fighter around, currently running at a success rate of 99,64%. I admit that I have tried some other spam solutions in the past, the ones that promise you a lot of bells and whistles, but they always lead to a lot of cursing and swearing and a somewhat ashamed return to good old K9.

The same applies for TAMB. It is reliable, pretty stable and even fun to work with. There are, however, a few points that could be ameliorated. My future release wish list for TAMB can be found on their forum.

One of the more frustrating points of TAMB is that is rather difficult to make an internal link to a previous post. A TAMB blog quickly grows into a maze of folders and subfolders and it gets quite frustrating if you need to link back to an old message.

Take this blog, for instance, I have written about TAMB before and the build in search function tells me that post 72 was one of those dealing with the matter. To create a link to the actual page that contains this post you don’t only need to know its ID, but also the year and month of the publication. Thus the previous entry about TAMB on this blog can be found at the following location: root - subfolder archives - subfolder 2007 - subfolder 01 (for January) - entry 72. It always takes a bit of puzzling to find this out.

But Fabian Voith from FaVorithSoft may have found a solution to this problem. He pimped up the Java code of TAMB to have an extra, and very neat, function called Wikilink.

«Wikilink» is an extension for the Thingamablog 1.0.6 blogging software.
Since you don't know the URL a blog entry will have after being uploaded, it's quite complicated to interlink your blog entries. The FaVorithSoft Wikilink Extension integrates well in the Thingamablog GUI and enables you to create cross connections as easy as a «normal» hyperlink.

If all goes well the following lines should all link to previous posts (links repaired July 2008):

Thingamablog 2.0 Announced 
Thingamablog 2.0 on its way 
Thingamablog Update 1.0.6 

The above internal links took me about 45 seconds to create. And guess what: it actually works! This is easily the best Thingamablog add-on of the year (well, actually it is the only TAMB add-on of the year) and it will soon prove to be indispensable for Thingamabloggers all over the globe. So it is with joy in our hearts that we sing: congratz to Fabian!

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