Working on Amore v0.3

When you’re working on a project by yourself and nobody else seems to take an interest, it’s easy to put the project off to one side and work on it at your leisure. So it’s been with me and Amore. I worked on it for awhile, nobody seemed very interested, so I took a break. Having the flu and recovering for some of those weeks made it easy to put off coding and pretty much anything except for sleeping and taking medication. But I digress.

Over the past few weeks some people have started to take interest in Amore. One person suggested I use Weblate or something similar to make it easier for potential translators. Then someone else found Amore at GitHub and tooted about it on Mastodon. Following from that, they suggested collaborating on a common ActivityPub-PHP library. Someone else wanted to collborate on a mobile version.

Of all the activity, the ActivityPub-PHP library looks most interesting in the short term. If I can implement it in Amore it would save a ton of time and trouble. However, the developer says it’s another month or so from being ready. And before working on a mobile version or hiring translators, I want Amore to be more stable. Luckily there’s plenty to do in that regard.

One of the goals for Amore is for it to be as easy to install and configure as WordPress, so I’ve started working on that this week. Currently, if someone (insane) wants to use Amore, they’ll have to setup the database on their own, and import the SQL files to create the tables and fill them with data. They’ll also have to fill out the configuration table on their own. WordPress does this in a very user-friendly manner and is worthy of emulating. This week I created a couple of PHP scripts that will create the tables and fill them with default data. There’s a lot more to do, but as the old saying goes:

The journey of a thousand instances begins with a single script.

Atom and RSS feeds in Amore

Last year sometime, I began getting into RSS and Atom feeds, even as they become deprecated. Feeds offer a way to read a website’s content without being bombarded with ads, notification requests, interstitials, alerts, and other miscellaneous annoyances. It is possible to put ads into RSS feeds, but they’re far more tolerable because they’re not so “in your face”.
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Amore 0.1

For those of you who don’t know, my regular blog is over at and over the past few weeks over there I’ve written a bit about Amore. Amore is some software I’m working on that’s intended to be an open-source dating app for the Fediverse. At the very least it will be yet another CMS coded using PHP and MySQL.

Right now, it’s considered pre-alpha software. It can do some basic stuff, but it’s missing a lot of functions. At the moment, it can’t really be used as a dating app or for connecting to the Fediverse. If you’re inclined to look at it or use it, you can download it here.

Getting started

Hi. I’m Mike and this is one of my websites.

Big News, right? It’s almost certainly the most stunning things you’ve ever read on the web. Ever. Once the amazement has worn off and brought you safely back to Earth, perhaps you’ll be interested in finding out more.

10th Street Media is a small web development company based in Indianapolis. This website has information on WordPress themes and plugins it develops, along with miscellaneous blog posts related to development.

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