Just over a year ago I released Countdown Timer v2.3.5. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to participate many great things over the last year, which is probably why there hasn’t been an release since.
Anyway, I’ve been slaving away at this release for the last three weeks:
I probably spent close to twenty hours, committed over 50 revisions, and had 865 lines changes in the core code ((There’s only 1000 source lines of code [SLOC] to begin with, so this is sort of substantial)). For all this change behind the scenes, you expect to see some changes in the actual interface. Amazingly not.
Most of the work had to do with bringing the code up to WordPress 2.9/3.0 standards. This will ensure that this plugin continues to work well in to the future. As well as trying to keep up with best practices for WordPress Plugin coding.
The other major update dealt with adding CSS hooks to the html elements so that they can be customized better/more fully. In doing this, I also rewrote part of
fergcorp_countdownTimer_format to make it less repetitive. This, unfortunately, caused a minor issue with using the
[fergcorp_cdt_single date="ENTER_DATE_HERE"] shortcode that has the li-element included; I’ll fix that in a dot-dot release (i.e. 2.4.1).
The settings for Countdown Timer moved the WordPress Tools to Settings in the Admin Menu and you only need to be an Options Manager instead of Administrator to update the options. I think the only other change worth mentioning is that there is now an option to parse shortcodes in the_excerpt. Note that enabling this functionality will parse all shortcodes, not just ones related to Countdown Timer.
As per tradition: