Trickle can be used with cron or some other task scheduling mechanism.
For example, while I write my posts late at night, I prefer they were posted somewhere between 9:30 and 11AM EST. I also prefer to stay employed – Trickle gets this done for me. I write my post (late at night) and then:
- save it as a draft
- give it a date/time stamp in the future
- assign the secondary category ‘Deferred’ to the post
- wait for perl and crontab to do the rest.
How does this relate to your church website? How about your sermons page? If your pastor is like mine, he’ll email you the sermon on Saturday night with a request not to post it until the sermon has been preached.
I can now defer posts to 1PM so individuals arriving home after a lunch at Ledo’s can enjoy a second serving of some tasty theology.
This code is also a good example of how to employ the MovableType API to write custom applications that work outside the definition of a plug-in.
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What about you? Does your publishing/blog tool provide a mechanism for deferred posts? If so, leave a comment. Can you think of another situation in which this might be useful? If so, leave a comment. Got a question … you get the picture.
Oh by the way, it is now 11:55 PM on August 25, 2004 … even though the timestamp of this post might say otherwise … thanks good’ol crontab: