Page Mapping... RIP (When Your Business Case Eliminates a Feature)

So, I had two use cases for this subdomain mapping, and I figured out that one of these use cases isn't relevant, or it is really not relevant in the long term.

As always, business needs determine technical needs, though that can get lost when you're focused on code.

Domain Mapping with Page Mapping

I had one of those mornings and a little bit of the afternoon when I had to dig pretty deep into the code... wrote a lot of code, then trashed most of it.

My goal was to be able to map a subdomain to a page's permalink. This way, I can have foobar.example.com map to example.com/foobar/.

Hacking Multisite WordPress' Domain Mapping

I had been using the old WordPress MU Domain Mapping plugin for multisite WordPress, and was pretty happy with it, but unknown to me (because I only started reading WP blogs and groups this past year) WordPress has rolled this feature into the core.

WP's Customizer's weird IFRAME Glitch

I'm not sure if this is a bug, but it's so odd that I'll leave a post here to remind myself about this. The Customizer has an odd behavior if you enter it via the big blue button on the Admin dashboard that reads "Customize Your Site".

Random Rabbitholes about IFRAMES and WP's Script Loader

My script was working, but it wasn't loading correctly the first time. I had to reload to make it run. Unacceptable.

I spent a full day going down a lot of interesting rabbitholes, but ended up finding a really simple, almost obvious, solution. That's a good thing, but the torturous journey is the reward.

filter_var? filter_input? No, Use Filter Input Array.

I've been a real nut for filter_var() for years, and have come up with concise ways to use it, but totally missed this other function, which, at first look, seemed a little too specialized.

filter_input_array()

Well, I was so wrong. This is a great way to filter inputs. I figured this out when I had to fix up some code because it was throwing a zillion "Notice, index foobar not defined." in the error logs.

That's what happens when your legacy code looks like this:

$bar = $_GET['bar'];

all over the place, and it's not defined.

Greasemonkey/ Tampermoney Ebay Seller Script to Filter Active Listings

I wrote another script at Greasyfork. Here's my profile.

This one adds a "filter" feature to the ebay selling list so you can quickly find specific items.

Greasyfork is a repository of scripts for Greasemoney and Tampermoney, web browser extensions that allow you to execute your own Javscript code on any web page.

This means you can create elements, insert them onto the page, and do automate some repetitive tasks.

Export eBay Active Listings as Text (csv)

Go to your active listings.

Set the listing length (at the bottom of the page) to a high number so all your items are listed.

Check off the box that selects all the rows.

Click "Edit" button, to go to the editor that alters multiple items.

Check off the box that selects all the rows.

Under the "Action" menu, select "Export to file". From there you can choose CSV or PDF.

WordPress Study

I'm studying the wp.media library, and Backbone.js. I never really did anything with except toy programs with Backbone - and I didn't really grok it, so now I can learn it... post Angular and post-React. It's going backwards in time, but, still instructive because the Backbone.js idioms are different from the easier-to-use frameworks.

wp.media Tutorials, and wp.Backbone. Subviews

I'm still working on reading through the WP media code, but found several references that have helped.

WP Media UI: States, StateMachine, and Frame

(It seems like I got the AJAX server working, at least somewhat. So I needed to implement the editors. This is really difficult because it's all in the wp.media hierarchy, and with keywords like "wp" and "media", it's hard to find the documentation. I have been digging around in the code trying to understand it, and came up with notes, which I'll post occasionally. These are mainly for myself, to review when I need to restart the exploration, but they're posted because someone else might find this useful.)

These are incomplete, and probably incorrect notes.

Developing admin-ajax.php Handlers with PHPUnit and Curl (WordPress WP)

The typical way I've made AJAX handlers that hook into admin-ajax.php is with Firebug and little bits of Javascript code to exercise the REST API. The problem with this is that you lose all the development code. This note shows how to use PHPUnit to write your code as tests, and develop the REST API using something like test driven development (TDD).

Encrypting Your Thunderbird Mailbox

This is a two-part howto about encrypting data for Thunderbird. The first part is about Enigmail, a way to encrypt your email messages. The second is about encrypting your entire email storage on your computer.

WordPress: How to use get_shortcode_regex()

get_shortcode_regex() (GSR() from now on) is used to parse shortcodes from a post's text.

I was writing a filter to take the post text, parse the shortcodes, and modify them by adding an "id" parameter.

After I spent some time writing a regex to parse the shortcodes, I discovered GSR(). GSR() was better and more complete.

Now I just had to learn to use it - and there weren't any docs.

Let's Review How to Use Shortcodes

You've basically got five ways to use shortcodes:

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