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Automatic Blog Hierarchy

Here's another little trick I use on this blog. Whenever a new blog post is created, it will automagically build a year/month hierarchy of list pages and place the blog post accordingly.

"The best developers are lazy developers". That's at least what I try to tell myself. Or maybe "lazy" isn't the right term to describe it. Fact is, when a task is tedious and boring I end up postponing it so long it never gets done. If it's interesting and challenging I can spend hours on it forgetting the world around me. And fewer things are more boring than building up a content hierarchy. 

Anyone who's tried life as an editor in Episerver CMS knows that everything is just better if you have a good content hierarchy. Or at least not a flat hierarchy with too much content. And since I'm of course preparing to scale this blog to a gazillion blog posts, it's important to have the right structure from the start. It looks something like this:

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A blog root, with yearly list pages, below them monthly lists and below them the actual blog posts. Now, instead of the incredibly tedious task of creating a new monthly listing page *EVERY MONTH* I coded a solution...because...

Allan would rather spend hours writing a program to estimate the amount of sodas in the fridge, than to walk into the kitchen, open it and notice there are none.

Lars (my dad), approx. 1990 - Allan 10-11 years old. Must have been QBasic on a '286 :-)

It's an initialization module that listen for when a new blog post is created as a child to the blog root. It's then moved to the appropiate place in the structure - which in turn is created if needed. Here is the code for your enjoyment.

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