the SQL is (probably) finished and it is beautiful
it's been a while i last updated this thread, because it's also been a while since i did any major work on fedibooks. i've kinda pushed myself way too hard on it and i'm taking it more slowly now.
that said, i do have some new features to show off! firstly, fedibooks is now capable of scraping user posts. this is one of the key steps towards implementing full ebooks functionality. the first screenshot shows that fedibooks has successfully scraped all 63 of this account's posts.
secondly, there's now a nifty little bug report form for those of us without github accounts, shown in the second screenshot.
there are a few minor features left now, and one major feature - replying. once that's done, fedibooks will be complete.
unfortunately, testing the reply functionality requires me to actually deploy fedibooks to a website, since i can't test it with localhost. this means it's going to be a bit of a hassle to implement.
however, i've looked at what needs to be done for reply functionality, and it seems pretty easy with web push - mastodon will automatically send a request to fedibooks with some info, which fedibooks can then reply to. it should be pretty simple 0u0
i want to implement reply functionality and bot settings, and then i'll release the first version of fedibooks for all to use!
i'm about to start testing the reply functionality for fedibooks 0u0
fedibooks is now live, by the way! i've disabled signups for now, but in the mean time, you can explore the site: https://fedibooks.com/
well i've run into a bit of an issue...
the bot creation process works on my small laptop and pet's laptop, but not on my big laptop. i have no idea why, it's the same code and everything, and my small laptop has the same firefox addons as the big one. i'm reading over the code and i really don't see how this bug works... and why does it only happen on one laptop??
okay i found the issue
this specific install of firefox wants the favicon.ico, and when it can't find it, it requests fedibooks' home page
because your browser is requesting the home page, fedibooks assumes you've finished creating the bot, and resets your progress counter thingy to 1.
this breaks multi-step forms.
okay!! fedibooks is now live and in what you might call early access.
i don't know how well it's going to hold up, because i haven't been able to do much serious testing on it, but i guess we'll all find out together!!
for those who've been following along with this thread, i'm sure you've seen that it's been quite a ride!
once the mstdn-ebooks import functionality is done, i'll be shutting down my paid hosting service after a week. this means i'm cutting off the income source i mainly use to pay for the server.
there are currently no donor benefits, although patreon pledgers (to any tier) will get early access to my lynne teaches tech posts.
thanks for considering!
Pleroma support is fixed, and it's now possible to create bots on Pleroma instances.
As Pleroma does not currently support fine-grained app permissions, FediBooks will require full read and write access to your account. You may look through the source code to verify that these permissions are not used maliciously.
FediBooks will now display your bot's profile picture on the home page. I know this is a small feature, but every little UX improvement matters!
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