The Top Commentators Widget and Subversioning

Updated 20 Oct 2020: Download the Top Commentators Widget ONLY via the official Plugins Directory for your safety.

I am way behind schedule on the TCW update, I know (and thanks for reminding me, Konsti!). Yes, I’m actually done with the changes – 3 of them, in fact – and I am ready to put it up into TCW’s Extend at latest by tomorrow.

I got to be honest here. My delays are almost always (99.99% of the time) caused by two things – one: finding the time to do some coding, and two (a more embarrassing fact): I have little to zero clue how to use Subversion.

I know, right?! How could I, after more than three years developing TCW, still not get a handle of using it? More shameful is the fact that I’m a programmer by trade. Boo me.

It was suppose to be easy, this check-out, edit, commit, check-in thing. There’s a myriad of how-to posts specifically on using TortoiseSVN for And I’m a programmer, for heaven’s sake! I should know code versioning!

The truth is, I’m a solo programmer and I don’t have to share my code with anyone. So all I needed to do was to create a new folder and dump my latest codes in there. That’s my versioning. Even if I did need to use versioning, it ‘ssuppose to be as easy as using Google Code (link removed, no longer exist).

So why is it that every time I tried to commit using Subversion, it Just Didn’t Work ™? I didn’t see the change in trunk to the latest version number. My changelog sometimes reflected the change in WP server, then suddenly I didn’t see it anymore. Went through the steps again, from1 to 10 (or 11, or 20… I lost count of the many how-to I followed).

Related post:  WordPress Top Commentators Widget v.1.4

After nothing seemed to work, I went off the beaten path, and tinkered those options out of frustration. Then suddenly, Eureka! It’s there in, my latest version of TCW in all its glory! My heart sings Hallelujah as I typed down what I’ve done the best I could, hopeful that whatever I’ve typed would become my next blog post on my stagnant WebGrrrl blog.

But alas. This problem feels like a nasty cycle of procrastination and/or forgetfulness and/or carelessness. Take your pick.

You’ve read my previous post on how “active” I was these past couple of years. So tonight, I shall once again go through the process of committing my latest Top Commentators widget update, typing those steps again into a draft post, crossing my fingers and hope that this time, that post won’t disappear into thin air and I’ll not only have the latest TCW up for you, but also my next Post Of The Week ready for primetime viewing.

BTW, here are some blog posts from readers who are taking on the PostAWeek 2011 challenge:

  • Like giving up on sex! (link removed, site no longer exist) by LaViaP The Geek
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Posted on 23 January, 2011 under Discovering WordPress, Life in reality and tagged with , , , , ,


  1. Peter Weis says:

    How did you get into programming and creating wordpress plugins and code?

    1. Lorna says:

      One day I was into HTML, and the next thing I knew, I found my passion in web programming. WordPress plugin just came out of a need. All by coincidence!

  2. i used to want to be a programmer, but now i’m just surrounded by coder. i have no idea what you have just wrote, the same with my coder friend. but still i like to be around coder, just to fill my curiosity so to speak.

    this week post,

    am i the only one now doing this?

  3. Andy Gee says:

    Very nice plugin for my commentators !!

    I test …

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