The Hidden Gem of MT3

By Deane Barker on June 29, 2004

David Raynes: SubCategories 1.2: There was much complaining when Movable Type 3.0 came out that there wasn’t anything new in it. To a large extent, the complainers were right — there was very little new functionality…on the surface.

The real gem of MT3, it turns out, is the new plug-in architecture. Six Apart is very smart — why write a ton of new features when you can just polish up your API, then have your customers write the features for you?

Consider the above link — parent-child categories for MT, something that people have been requesting ever since I’ve been using the product. David Raynes wrote a feature-complete, polished system for the MT3 architecture. Six Apart didn’t have to lift a finger.

I have a feeling that we’re on the verge of a tidal wave of MT functionality. We’re going to see things that we never even dreamed of six months ago, and then we’re all going to say, “so that’s what they had in mind when they released MT3 with no new features…”

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  1. I think that it’s a strange contradiction that Six Apart creates the opportunity for community support of MT, just as they make it quasi-commercial, killing a lot of their developer and user base.

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