Integrating Batch Modify Into Trac

Posted by Brian Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:40:00 GMT

Some preliminary discussion on moving the Trac Batch Modify Plugin into Trac has been started here. The proposal page outlines some of the issues that need worked out before adding this functionality into the Trac core, some of which will be worked out in the plugin in the meantime. For example, I have never liked the current UI. It predates the custom query functionality and should be reworked to use a UI similar to that.

If you are a user of the plugin and wish to contribute some thoughts please add them to the the ticket or to the proposal page.

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The Stand

Posted by Brian Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:34:00 GMT

The Stand
By Stephen King


I am once again falling incredibly far behind on my reviews. The deficit currently stands at nine books. Time to get back on track.

I started reading The Dark Tower series last year. After reading The Gunslinger my brother recommended that I read The Stand before continuing any further, as it tied into later books in the series. (I’ve since learned that many Stephen King books tie in, but I am unsure how many I will read.)

Let me just say right off the bat that I am a sucker for movies or novels about the apocalypse. I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to the collapse of civilization. Needless to say The Stand was right up my alley. I ended up picking up the uncut edition from the library, weighing it after 1000 pages. As far as length goes, that puts it about on par with Cryptonomicon, which I read last year. Fortunately Stephen King is a much easier read than Neal Stephenson. Dense The Stand is not. If you can call a book about the death of 99.4% of the population breezy, then this is it.

You can read all about the plot of The Stand elsewhere. I just want to muse a little on Stephen King’s place in literature. Before reading The Gunslinger last year I had not read anything by King since Cujo in middle school and had since dismissed him (for no good reason) as popular tripe. Starting to read The Dark Tower series (and now The Stand) has been a revelation. Yes, as he describes it, he often suffers from diarrhea of the typewriter, but I find myself not minding. He’s a terrific visual writer and his work reads much shorter than it’s heft would indicate. Compared to a lot of my usual reading his work qualifies as quite relaxing. Maybe I am enjoying it because it is such a change of pace for me. Most of my fiction reading is fantasy or science fiction. King mixes elements of each with horror and general fiction to create some very readable work. Anyways, I’m very much looking forward to finishing The Dark Tower (I just finished The Waste Lands last night). And since The Dark Tower ties into so many of this other works maybe I’ll just keep going.

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Batch Modify 0.6.0 Released

Posted by Brian Sat, 19 Jun 2010 19:38:00 GMT

I released a new version (0.6.0) of the Trac Batch Modify Plugin. This version fixes a bug that caused unexpected results when adding keywords to multiple tickets. You know, modifying them in a batch. Oops. Thanks to beachroad for the patch that corrected this. That same patch also fixed the redirect after a batch modify to bring you back to the same query page.

This release also adds the ability to add keywords from a batch of tickets by putting ‘-’ before the name of the keyword to remove. Thanks to oliver for this patch. There are also new configuration options for list fields, such as keywords. See the plugin page for more details on how to use these. Thanks again to beachroad for providing that patch.

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