Wow - that was a busy month

A graph showing the rise in traffic for over time Well, just wow. I really wasn’t expecting February to be such a busy month for the site, traffic-wise. Last month we had double the traffic that we had in january, and by the end of this month we should have had as much traffic as we had in the entirety of 2004. So something must be going right here!

The article I’m intending to write next is going to be a follow-up of either “mod_rewrite, a beginner’s guide” or “Using the iTunes COM Interface with Java and Swing”. I’m currently leaning towards writing the iTunes follow-up article first, since it fits in nicely with my dissertation (which I’m in the process of writing) and there isn’t much written on the subject as yet. Of course, if people would prefer a more in depth look at mod_rewrite first instead then I’ll be more than happy to accommodate. If you’ve got a preference, please leave a comment.

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  1. by greatred on February 2, 2006 10:36 PM

    Some more stuff on modrewrite would be handy. Your last article was handy to me when I was starting to use modrewrite on my website not so long ago.

    I ran into a couple of issues that might be of note:

    1. The PHP module, as it is configured on my webhost at least, seems to do some URL rewriting of its own. For instance: /somewhere/blah seems to get automagically changed to /somewhere/blah.php even without any mod_rewrite rules of my own (in fact if I remember rightly it took place before Apache ran any mod_rewrite rules I had). A mate of mine reckons that a lot of PHP websites have this set up like this. It’s worth bearing in mind if you’re getting odd results like I was - very confuzzling!
    2. A section about the QSA option for mod_rewrite rules would be groovy. I’ve only used it a little but I’m sure that people would benefit from your sage advice on this useful tool.

    Happy article writing!

  2. by Neil Crosby [TypeKey Profile Page] on February 2, 2006 10:37 PM

    I wasn’t aware of #1 - it’s really not something that I’ve come across before. I’ll see if I can’t have a play with this feature before I write the next mod_rewrite article.

    As for #2, before I start writing the next modrewrite article I’m going to be printing out my very own copy of the modrewrite apache pages and be going over them with fine toothcomb to see what I can glean. Guess what’s going to be my toilet reading for the next couple of weeks?

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