Self-promotion: Stephen Ibaraki has published the transcript of an interview with me regarding Radio UserLand Kick Start, weblogging, and Java. One question will be of particular interest to Radio users: "Could you provide five tips from the book?" Tip number 1 is one that I make often when talking about the software: Turn on nightly backups. ... read more

One of the more important gotchas in the Radio UserLand outliner occurs when you save an outline that has been hoisted. As I discuss in the Radio UserLand Kick Start chapter on outliners, hoisting causes a group of subheads to be displayed as they were the top level of the outline. Their parent and all other parts of the outline disappear from view. If you save a hoisted outline, it only saves the parts of the outline that are visible, discarding everything else. You can ensure that everything in an outline is ... read more

A weblog census prepared by the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education finds more than 27,000 weblogs published with Radio UserLand or Manila software. The two categories of weblog software -- "standalone tools" and "hosted sites" -- don't provide a place for Radio, which provides both functions. ... read more

Radio UserLand tip: If your Web server does not recognize index.html as a valid name for a folder's home page, you can use the #renderedFileExtension directive to replace html with another extension such as php or cfm. ... read more

Radio UserLand Kick Start arrived in stores this week and had the highest first-day Amazon rank of any book that I've written -- it was at around 2,300 when I decided that three hours was enough time to spend reloading the page like a crazed day trader. I've sold around 30 copies on Amazon this week to Workbench visitors. I mention all of this because I'm eager to prove that UserLand Software's products are a viable topic for book publishers. This is only the second book on a UserLand product after Matt Neuberg's ... read more

Phillip Pearson has added a search engine to the Python Community Server, an open-source clone of Radio's hosting server written in Python. To support searching weblog entries, he's implementing a new XmlStorageSystem method, mirrorPosts, which Radio and other tools could use to add an entry to the search engine. If you're a Radio user who is outgrowing the Radio Community Server or Salon Blogs, changing to the Python Community Server is pretty simple. I'm using Pycs for comments and trackback here and began ... read more

I've received a few e-mails from readers wondering when they'll be getting Radio UserLand Kick Start, which comes out this month. I checked with my publisher, and it appears they'll be shipped from the Sams Publishing warehouse to Amazon.Com this week. ... read more