Breadcrumb NavXT 2.0 Beta

The beta is coming soon, very soon. I have a mostly functional version of the breadcrumb class working on my testbed, and tomorrow night I’ll get to work on the administration interface and creating the template for the language files. Then I’ll go back to tidying up loose ends in the class, and release a beta sometime tomorrow evening. So far, just about everything has been rewritten, and all custom wpdb queries were removed. This may cause a slight performance hit, but it should not be that big, unless the pages are very large, and this solves compatibility issues with some other plug-ins, namely the Polyglot plug-in. A the new hierarchical category system has been implemented, and there is now support for multi-paged searches, archives, and home pages. When the beta is released I will need testers that are willing to help debug the plug-in, as well as translators who are willing to write language files for the new administration interface.

Right now I need testers for:

  • Testing PHP4 compatibility (Even though I don’t officially support PHP4 anymore, I do try to keep things working in it)
  • Testing on blogs with various setups for static front pages, including the built in WordPress methods. It seems that the older versions still had bugs in regards to particular implementations of this, and it looked like the old code had some hacks that attempted to get things to work for static front pages. It’s time to get this working properly.
  • General testing, making sure options work as expected, etc.

Once the beta is out I request all bug reports be made in the post that it is announced in, this will keep the Breadcrumb NavXT page’s comment stream cleaner for once the plug-in is officially released.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb Navigation XT 1.10.0

Now with 100% more tags. That’s right, WordPres 2.3 is right around the metaphorical corner, and in preparation Breadcrumb Navigation XT 1.10.0 is now safe for general consumption. Support for the Simple Tagging Plugin was dropped in favor of the WordPress 2.3 taxonomy scheme. Additional changes include some bug fixes with those combobox setting selectors in the administration interface and some code fix ups to use the WordPress API in a more consistent manner when dealing with taxonomy. Remember that this may cause PHP indigestion problems for WordPress 2.2 or earlier. The old version (1.9.x) will remain available for one month. However, version 1.9.x will no longer be supported one week after WordPress 2.3 is released.

-John Havlik

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Make Your List,

Check it twice, find out whether your plug-ins are Naughty or Nice. Only days remain until WordPress 2.3 graces us with its presence. Due to some quite major changes in the database regarding categories and links, many plug-ins that directly accessed the database in the past will break. Some misbehave to the extent of crashing Apache on your web server. A big-time offender here is Extended Live Archives. While writing Breadcrumb Navigation XT 1.10.0, I spent some time testing various components of my blog in WP2.3. I also managed to update Berry to support tags (partially, as will be visible once WP 2.3 is out).

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT and WordPress 2.3

This week WordPress 2.3-RC1 will be released. As it is a release candidate, it will more-or-less be what will be released next week. That being said, I will be testing the current plug-in for compatibility (minus tags). Should everything work fine there will be no need to migrate to a newer version to remain compatible with WordPress 2.3. Some schedule conflicts will force me to push off the re-writing of Breadcrumb Navigation XT for 2.0. Instead for 2.0, I will add support for archives by tags (really the only new thing to add for tag compatibility), and do a little code cleanup in preparation for a major overhaul in a future version (maybe 2.1 or 2.2). At that time an additional navigation related plug-in will be released, and Breadcrumb Navigation XT will be renamed Breadcrumb NavXT, and become part of the “NavXT” plug-in suite.

-John Havlik

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WordPress 2.3 Beta 1

Guess what, WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 came out last week and after doing some initial testing, Breadcrumb Navigation XT will work as it currently does except for archives by tags. Since the default theme still has some work to be done to support tags properly, I will defer programming in support for tags until Beta 2 or 3. Feel free to do some playing around with WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 and Breadcrumb Navigation XT 1.9.3. And, by chance, if you find a bug report it please.

Oh, yeah, by the way, WordPress 2.3 as of Beta 1 does not support tags in syndication feeds, only categories.

-John Havlik

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