Poll-n-Ping, coz u r busy blogging

I would like to introduce a brand new service. It is a automated blog search directory pinging service named Poll-n-Ping. It is different from Ping-o-matic and similar services, because Poll-n-Ping monitors the blog (actually the feed) for changes and when it detects changes it will automatically ping the blog search directories.

You can checkout the service at http://www.mohanjith.net/pnp. All this comes free of charge, but donations are always welcome. Right now there is no limit on the number of blogs that can be monitored by a single user. If you want your blog to be submitted to all the blog search directories that we add support from time to time, you will have to visit Poll-n-Ping regularly.

Soon I plan to add alert service Poll-n-Ping, the subscribed users can receive notification mails or IM when content changes, blog goes offline, and/or blog comes online. However this will be a paid service unless I receive enough donations to support the hosting.

Poll-n-Ping has Turbogears under the hood :-).

Hope you will find the Poll-n-Ping service useful.

Hacking TurboGears: Automatically loggin in users

I love the way the Drupal handles account activation and password reset. The user just have to click a link that they receive via e-mail, and they are automatically logged in.

I wanted to do something similar with one of the applications I’m developing right now using TurboGears. I thought I would write a new identity provider, but instead went about hacking TurboGears. I noticed that TurboGears defualt soaprovider can be improved to seperate user authentication and marking a user as authenticated, hence making it reusable.

In my application’s controller I use this newly introduced method to mark the user as authenticated. I thought someone else might hit the same problem, and blogged about it.

You can download the patch from http://www.mohanjith.net/downloads/scripts/python/TurboGears/, it is created against TurboGears