It’s URL-arifficFriday, May 10, 2002
If you move your magic mouse pointer around this page, you might notice something different. I’ve implemented (for lack of a better term) “Easy URLs.” For example, the permanent link to this entry is now http://www.newsgoat.com/2002/05/10/1135/ instead of http://www.newsgoat.com/index.pl?entry=200205101135. Both still work, but the new way is a little bit shorter, a little bit simpler to understand, and, from what I’ve read, it encourages search engines to index your entire site. And, it makes browsing previous posts even easier. Want all the entries for a particular day? http://www.newsgoat.com/2002/05/10/. Month? http://www.newsgoat.com/2002/05/. Year? http://www.newsgoat.com/2002/ I like it — and it was frighteningly easy.
I’ll do something similar for stories, soon. I also need to fix the problem where, if you try to go to an entry that doesn’t match anything, it displays a blank screen. But, for now, I’m just basking in the glory of easy URLs… :-)