links for 2008-06-25

WordPress and the Cruft

I really like WordPress, but NanoBlogger always amazed me for its simplicity. It’s not like I update my blog every hour or something to have something rendering the same pages again (and dynamic content, like the Last.fm, Twitter and Del.icio.us widgets don’t behave properly under WordPress cache plugin — or, at least, it didn’t work when I tried last time.)

So, just for the fun of it, I decided to try to write a “WordPress 2 NanoBlogger” converter. The first is get a copy of the database, so I have the data to convert in first place. Simple MySQL-dump would be enough to me (well, not completely necessary, but I still don’t have internet at home and I can’t connect to my database without the data.)

Dump in hand, I decided to take a look at it. The amount of cruft on it is really impressive. I still have things about my LJ-exporter, which isn’t being used for a year already. And Twitter Tools is keeping copies of all my Tweets.

I know it’s not the normal WordPress use, but I guess it should have some option to clean up its database (at some request in the admin interface.)

links for 2008-06-17