Welcome to This Blog’s New Home! 

 January 6, 2012

by Jon Reid


Welcome to the new home of Quality Coding—I’m glad you made it here!

I plopped down some money to buy a domain (qualitycoding.org), a hosting service (Dreamhost), and a WordPress theme (Standard Theme). You’ll experience a number of improvements, including:

  • Speed: Pages load quickly. And I mean super-fast!
  • Formatted code: My code fragments are now nicely formatted for easier reading.
  • Comment avatars: Just sign up at Gravatar, and your smiling face will make your comments more fun!
  • Comment threading: Now more than a single level of replies! The threads of conversation will be clearer.
  • Comment subscriptions: No more need to check back manually! Just click the checkbox when you add a comment, and you’ll be notified when anyone adds something new.
  • Easy sharing: Buttons float along the left side of each post. This makes it easy to share a post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.

I want you to get the most out of the new setup! Here are things you can do to maximize your experience:

Update your bookmarks

If you have any Quality Coding bookmarks, you’ll want to update them.

For the main URL, that’s easy: just replace http://jonreid.blogs.com/qualitycoding/ with https://qualitycoding.org/.

For a specific post, you can’t just replace the first part of the URL, because I redid all my permalinks. If you go to the old URL, you’ll see that I left a “forwarding address” to the new URL, which you can copy and paste.

For example, if you have any shared bookmarks at Delicious, here’s how to update them:

  1. Go to Delicious. Under “Profile” go to “My Links”.
  2. Use your browser’s “find on this page” feature to search for “jonreid”. You’ll see any URLs starting with http://jonreid.blogs.com/qualitycoding/.
  3. Click your old link. It’ll take you to a post showing the new URL. Copy that URL.
  4. Click the pencil to edit your link. Click “Edit” to the right of the URL. Paste the new URL and Save.

Check your RSS subscription

You may already be using the portable feed address. But some of you aren’t! Anything pointing to either

  • http://jonreid.blogs.com/qualitycoding/atom.xml
  • http://jonreid.blogs.com/qualitycoding/rss.xml

will be left in the cold. Here’s the correct address to use in your RSS reader: https://feeds.feedburner.com/qualitycoding

Post a comment

Try posting a comment! The very first time you comment on this new system, you’ll get an email with a link. Click that link to verify that you’re a real human being. This will only happen once; after that, we’ll believe you’re not a spambot. But it will happen once, even if you’ve posted comments before on the old system.

And as I mentioned before, comments will be more fun if we can put a face to your name. So go sign up at Gravatar! It’s useful across a number of systems.

Spot anything wrong?

Thanks for your patience during this move. If you see anything out-of-place (like broken links), please let me know in the comments.

I’m excited about this new setup!

Question: What else would you find helpful? Leave a comment below.

Jon Reid

About the author

Programming was fun when I was a kid. But working in Silicon Valley, I saw poor code lead to fear, with real human costs. Looking for ways to make my life better, I learned about Extreme Programming, including unit testing, test-driven development (TDD), and refactoring. Programming became fun again! I've now been doing TDD in Apple environments for 20 years. I'm committed to software crafting as a discipline, hoping we can all reach greater effectiveness and joy. Now a coach with Industrial Logic!

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