This post outlines some advanced tips for getting the most relevant information from this blog,
either via linking/bookmarking or RSS subscriptions. The information here also applies to all blogs
powered by <a href="http://www.scotlandsoftware.com/blog/?cat=/dev/thistle">Thistle</a>.
This blog, in common with all Thistle blogs, makes extensive use of <em>URL parameters</em>. For example, when
you click the name of a category in the category-list on the right, you'll see that the URL you're taken
to has a <code>cat</code> parameter, such as <code>cat=/dev/mac</code>. Similarly, permalink URLs have a <code>post</code> parameter,
search results have a <code>search</code> parameter, and so on. The key to accessing this blog's content intelligently
lies in the use of combinations of these parameters.
First, two quick pieces of Thistle terminology:
- Categories - A category, as you might expect, is a group of posts on a certain topic, and in
Thistle blogs, categories are in fact directories on the server. A category also contains all sub-directories
within it; hence my Development category also shows posts from my AppleScript and Cocoa sub-categories, and so on.
Categories use the
category) parameter in URLs.
- Types - A "type" can be thought of as a way of viewing information; a formatting style.
The "printable" view for a post is a type, as is the "quote me" view. RSS feeds and archives are also types.
Types use the
type parameter in URLs.
When you think about it, this concept of types and categories actually gives you, the reader, considerably flexibility
in determining what content you want to see via your links/bookmarks to this blog, or your subscriptions. The combination
of appropriate parameters lets you filter-out information which isn't of interest to you. Below are some examples, which
will open in a new window. For reasons of brevity, I've left out the unchanging part of each URL.
You can also add <code>type</code> parameters to control how the information is displayed, as the following examples show.
The use of <code>type</code> parameters becomes particularly useful when you remember that the RSS feeds are just another type:
And so on.
Hopefully this brief tutorial will help you tailor your Irate Scotsman links/bookmarks to suit your needs, and more
importantly to keep your feeds free of material which doesn't interest you. As I said previously, also remember that
this information applies to any other <a href="http://www.scotlandsoftware.com/blog/?cat=/dev/thistle">Thistle</a>-powered
blogs you might encounter.