Another week, another hRecipe release. It feels good. More and more people, such as yourself, are using hRecipe on a regular basis. With more people using the plugin, more issues are found and cleaned up, more search results get nicely formatted into Rich Snippets, and the world become a nicer place.
Ok maybe not quite…
…but it’s true: when you use hRecipe to add microformatting to your WordPress blog’s recipes, you really are making the world of data a better place!
See, computers are stupid. Really stupid. Computers don’t understand “recipes” at all. Using hRecipe allows the computer (in this case a search engine) to understand “recipe.” But it takes your help to make this happen; a human has to “hold the computer’s hand” in a manner of speaking.
When you help the computer to understand recipes, the computer will help everyone find recipes. Everyone wins!
Every little bit helps.
hRecipe release 0.5.6
This release deals with a couple of issues. The first is catching up with donation listing since the last release. Donations can’t support hRecipe financially, but donations do something almost as important: they make me, the author, feel encouraged. When authors feel encouraged, they write Good Stuff.
The second issue is dealing with an “anti-pattern,” which is a bit of code that “looks cool” for whatever reason, but turns out to be a really bad idea in the long term. In this case, the offending code was based on code in a very popular and widely distributed plugin. The rewrite was simple, and the fix is distributed with this release.
Specifically, this Fatal error: Call to undefined method should be considered closed.
Report bugs. Request features.
The WordPress support forums are excellent for many purposes, but tracking bugs isn’t one of those purposes. It’s hard for developers to keep up with issues reported by users on the forums because there isn’t a way for developers to easily monitor bug reports.
In contrast, when you report a bug or request a feature using the github’s hrecipe issue tracker, I get an email right away. This makes it a lot easier for me to respond in a timely manner.
You can also leave comments on the blog posts or pages here.
In any case, the most important thing is to report something, somewhere when you have an itch you need scratched. I’ll find it one way or another.