Way back in the day,
“ping servers” were popular and I added support for it to
only to remove it a few years later when the one I was using
(the most well known one—I think it was
weblogs.com but it's been over fifteen years or so)
I then removed the support from
mod_blog because I didn't feel it was worth keeping a feeature around I didn't use.
Then about a week or so ago,
a similar service just started up for Gemini based blogs,
and given that I serve up my blog via Gemini I figured I could support that feature again.
But as I started,
I had an idea—instead of hardcoding support for Antenna in
why not support the idea of a “hook”
It would be easier to write a script to update Antenna
(since I already support TLS and Gemini URLs
than to try to do that all in C.
It wasn't that hard.
One function to execute a script
some judicious calls
to said function
and I have a way to notify external services of new updates.
I wish I had thought of this concept back then.
It would have saved me the trouble of adding,
code to support various notification sites as they came and went.
Ah well … live and learn.
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