Aside from stupid mistakes, the main initial difficulty that I ran into was in the guards against cross-site scripting vulnerabilities: my blog has its own domain, while my database is in bactrian.org. (And I was doing my initial prototyping on my home computer, which is a different physical machine.) The easiest way to get around that seemed to be to set up a proxy (or rather, two of them, one on my home computer and one on bactrian.org); a bit of
mod_proxy configuration later and my prototype worked on my home computer.
So here we are. I’m really pleased with the results: there’s a big difference between being invited to click on a link to search for related blog posts (which may not even exist) and having a list of posts appear in front of you. This is the last change that I plan to make to the database for the time being (well, I might do a bit of trivial tweaking); a good change to go out on.
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