A maintenance release, updating all third party libraries in use. No changes to core functionality, but the update of Bootstrap-fileinput has added a nice drag-and-drop target to image and media file uploads, which is something of an improvement. Upgraded libraries were: Bootstrap (v4.6), Bootstrap-datepicker (v1.9), Bootstrap-fileinput (v5.14), DICE (v4.0.2), FontAwesome (v5.15.2), HTMLPurifier (v4.13), jQuery (v3.5.1), TinyMCE (v5.6.2).

Tuskfish 2 is a rewrite of Tuskfish CMS to adopt a strict model-view-viewmodel (+ controller) architecture (MVVC). You can think of it as traditional MVC except the view is split into a view and a viewModel to abstract the relationship between the view/model, which improves flexibility and reuse of components. A front end controller and static router have been added to allow custom URL schemes. With the adoption of namespaces, Tuskfish 2 is now a very modern (if small) PHP application.

Tuskfish 2 is a rewrite of Tuskfish CMS to adopt a strict model-view-viewmodel (+ controller) architecture. You can think of it as traditional MVC except the view is split into a view and a viewModel to abstract the relationship between the view/model, which improves flexibility and reuse of components. A front end controller and static router has been added to allow custom URL schemes. With the adoption of namespaces, Tuskfish 2 is now a very modern (if small) PHP application.

Just a short note to say Tuskfish 2 is in the works. It's going to be a partial re-write of the back end, but there will be minimal changes on the front end or from a user experience point of view. The database schema will also remain unchanged to allow seamless upgrade. Tuskfish 2 will be designed as a strict MVC architecture to improved separation of concerns, rather than the loose MVC it currently has. Components will be assembled through composition and inheritance will be fully dispensed with.

I'm very happy about Github's decision to grant unlimited free private repositories. It's not that I objected to Github charging people for the services they provide, but to qualify for free access you had to make all of your repositories open source and public. The problem with that was that the world is actually better off with some repositories remaining private. Do you really want access to the scratch pad repository I'm using to learn a new language? I think not.

A maintenance release. Further internal refactoring to improve the structure and extensibility, and updates to third party libraries. An XSS vulnerability present in Bootstrap 4.0 has been patched through an update to Bootstrap V4.1.3.

Changelog:

  • Add canonical URL link.
  • Clean up base URL / links on index page (remove unnecessary 'index.php').
  • Use title for image alt tag if no caption is set.
  • Refactor of methods towards smaller logical components and improved compliance with the single responsibility principle.
  • Removal of magic method accessors and mutators in favour of manual getters and setters.
  • Improved error messages to increase clarity.
  • Extended bad login count and retry delay to include 2-factor authentication.
  • Fixes to pagination control.
  • Implement admin side content object controller to clean up the admin script.
  • Fix https://tuskfish.biz conversions in content module.
  • Manually set cache limiter in some pages to avoid 'document expired' errors when using the browser back button.
  • Bugfix for taglinks being deleted when a tag is edited.
  • Update to FontAwesome 5.5.
  • Update Bootstrap to V4.1.3 and remove unnecessary files.
  • Remove popper.js library (now bundled in Bootstrap).
  • Update TinyMCE to V4.8.5.

Sick of low quality clickbait articles about "the best" and " most popular" programming languages? Everyone seems to play this game, even otherwise reputable sites. I suppose they do it because "what language should I learn" is a question that every aspiring programmer has to ask. There's a lot of traffic in it.

Nearly all of these articles are bad, because they are based on irrelevant metrics such as trends in keyword searches, recent Github activity, average salaries or similar. For example, if a lot of people search for "Javascript" clickbait articles often extrapolate this into "popular" and/or "the best", and slap it into a "top 10" list of languages you should learn!

Another round of refactoring has been conducted to improve the structure of Tuskfish and to make it easier to read and to test. No new functionality has been added.

Changelog:

  • The larger methods have been broken down into smaller logical components, to make the code more readable and easier to test.
  • Implemented an admin controller class to clean up the admin controller script and allow reuse for common operations.
  • Extended bad login count and retry delay to the two-factor Yubikey version of the login script.
  • Converted rights to a trait to allow for reuse across system.
  • Error messages have been improved to give a more precise indication of what went wrong.

I have one more refactor of Tuskfish planned. The goal is to break down some of the more monolithic methods into smaller logical components that are easier to test. This will not involve adding any new functionality as the core system now does what I want it to do. From here on changes will largely focus on refining the structure, simplifying and clarifying the code to make the project more robust and easier to work with.

A minor refactoring and bugfix release with improvements to strengthen password hashing.

Changelog:

  • Switched to more appropriate password hashing algorithm (bcrypt) and the native hash_password() function.
  • Added 'expiresOn' and 'lastUpdated' to the content object table as hooks for future functionality.
  • Added 'module' as an additional column in the taglinks table to allow taglinks to be filtered by module.
  • Locked user-side gallery to image type objects, rather than returning all images from all object types.
  • Adopted usage of null coalescing operator (PHP 7) to shorten relevant ternary expressions.
  • Renamed TfAngryTree to Tftree.
  • Removed TfSecurityUtility (consolidated into TfUtils).
  • Removed TfCriteriaItemFactory (items are now handled as part of TfCriteriaFactory).
  • Added missing TfBlockHandler.
  • Fixed bug related to search operator in TfSearchContent.
  • Fixed offset bug recently introduced to pagination control.