Having Fun With Change, Logs That Is

Liking the clean and modern look of lists, I implemented my own version of a web based changelog.

Design Work via unsplash.comLast year, I ran across a nifty web changelog service. Although more than I needed, I liked the simple look for tracking changes. Looking for an opportunity to learn Bootstrap, I added it to my test site. Now that I’m including more features on my main blog, I thought I’d add a changelog here as well.

A little code reuse with a pinch of style.
Nothing too exciting, the changelog has a nice clean look that fits well with the rest of the site. I even added the same pagination buttons from my test site. Although looking at them now, I should make them work like the article buttons do.

The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.
– Larry Wall

As any good programer does, I reused code from my ZX81 program listing. You can trace that code’s origins to another site I wrote. I’ve used it well. In case you didn’t notice, I modified the view to match the original changelog’s look and feel.

Although close to the inspiration source, it isn’t identical. I used the default classes from Bootstrap mixed with the website’s style. Besides that, I spruced up each entry by adding Font Awesome icons to them. To my surprise, it integrated quite well.

Remixing code.
Unlike the test version, which used static logs, this one reads from a database of entries. I can now add, edit and remove each changelog as needed, something I couldn’t do before. I ported the BBCODE over as well, allowing it to function much like the existing article editor.

Although I hid the editor from normal users, the changelog is visible to anyone. What do you think?

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