I’ve been working on a long term solution for my AJAX resource lists, i wasted a couple hours trying out and Spurl. is great except it doesn’t allow for a large comment which is the whole point of my resource list. Spurl has a large comment section but the interface for tagging isn’t as nice as and its feeds don’t give you all the tags for each item which is a deal breaker for me.

So I went on a bit of a hacking using as my base. I added a half screen scraped post screen extending the form and having it post to my server so I could store the data in my database. I then use the api to add the entry to

This way I get the neat javascript tricks for editing without anywork, and my base list is in so the minimal info is readily available. Plus it gives me feeds with no work.

I already have basic posting working and I hacked up a quick view page, which should be ready to replace the articles page on my blog with just a little more work.

The only other large piece to do support editing, I think i’ll follow the same half screen scraped model. At some point I might stop the screen scraping and just use a greasemonkey script to add in my extra text area and change the form action, but I won’t worry about that until someting in my current hack breaks.

I think this approach turned out working really well, I’m actually the master source for my content, and since its in my db creating special views is cake, plus I get all the normal benefits.

(Oh and HTTP_Request is a great class)

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2 thoughts on “ hacking”

  1. Have you looked at the Delicious Extension for firefox? I would think it would be pretty easy to extend it to call your extra URL in addition to the standard Delicious calls.

    Good luck

  2. I have looked at the extension but I didn’t really like it. The default interface with the javascript tagging is nice enough that I don’t really want to bother with something else.

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