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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Vanilla Guestbook 1.2 released

Vanilla Guestbook has long suffered from neglect on my part. Unfortunately, I've just been too busy to devote as much time as I would have liked to improving it. So I'm sure you'll be happy to learn that today marks the release of the next version of Vanilla Guestbook.

The coolest new feature, in my opinion, is the localisation support that I've added thanks to the gettext extension for PHP. Now, it would be even cooler if I had actual translations to go with it, but this is a nice start. :D You see, about a month or two ago I actually got an email from someone who was using Vanilla Guestbook (go figure), and they wanted to know if there was an easier way to translate it into Dutch. There is now. Or any language for that matter.

I have also added some discreet yet tasty jQuery functions in there. In addition to new features, I worked to improve the security of the script, particularly to protect it from spammers (automated or not). :yes:

There is an upgrade script available, but I only tested it once (on this site's guestbook) and I'm worried it'll get tetchy. So, as always, backup your data before you upgrade. There is no reason to not backup your data, even if the upgrade is peachy.

P.S.: Those of you who haven't signed my guestbook may enjoy the opportunity.

Download Vanilla Guestbook 1.2!