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A change that I pushed in iG:Syntax Hiliter v4.2 was that shorthand style tags were enabled for all languages. Apart from the GeSHi language files bundled in the plugin, you can add additional language files in the “geshi” directory of your theme and those will be picked up by the plugin. Since the architecture of the plugin relies on Shortcode API of WordPress rather than doing its own regex for tag parsing, the plugin always needs to know what language files are available to it to be able to allow shorthand style tags else the code blocks won’t get picked up by the plugin.

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iG:Syntax Hiliter v4.2

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iG:Syntax Hiliter v4.2 is now available for download. Some bugs have been fixed in v4.1 and v4.2 along with a few new additions and improvements, some of which are:

  • Additional language files can be put in “geshi” folder inside current theme so that the files won’t get overwritten on plugin upgrade
  • Github Gist embed XSS bug fixed
  • Shorthand tags for all languages are now supported
  • A code block is parsed only once, subsequent similar code blocks in same post/page use the same output, for better performance

A more detailed changelog is available here.

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Back from the dead.....

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The last release of iG:Syntax Hiliter was about 7 years ago when v3.5 was released. After that I got side tracked with other things which staked claim over my time, the plugin didn’t have any show stopper bugs & it worked fine with subsequent WordPress updates. So I kinda didn’t feel like there was any need to update the plugin, which was one of the reasons it didn’t see any updates after that.

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WordPress plugin activation/deactivation hooks.....

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If you develop stuff on WordPress, chances are you’ll be familiar with the plugin activation and de-activation hooks. But should they be used? Or are they to be avoided? Now that’s a bit of a tricky question, as there are compelling reasons for both sides and not all are applicable to generic scenarios but deal with specific use-cases, so the decision to use them or not is subjective.

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Setting up PHP Development environment in a Virtual Machine

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I’ve been meaning to move my local development stack to a VM for sometime now. The hardware has come a long way and running a Linux server as a Virtual Machine with 1-2 GB of RAM allocated to it doesn’t break any sweat today. Setting up the development stack inside a VM has many advantages like you can mimic the production environment of your website/app, have more than one type of server environment on a single computer & OS, etc. I’m not going into details of it, everyone has their own preferences, running the setup directly on your computer has worked well so far & still works, so if you don’t feel like going the VM way then that’s cool too! 🙂

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