Comments for Matthew Dawkins https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk Matthew Dawkins. Web developer, musician, Christian, father, geek. Not necessarily in that order. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:57:50 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on WordPress vs. CraftCMS by Sam https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2018/03/wordpress-vs-craftcms/#comment-60207 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:57:50 +0000 https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/?p=2270#comment-60207 Thanks for clarifying! That totally makes sense.

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Comment on WordPress vs. CraftCMS by Matthew https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2018/03/wordpress-vs-craftcms/#comment-60200 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:57:18 +0000 https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/?p=2270#comment-60200 Hi Sam. In CraftCMS, the creation of a new template cannot be done just with template files. Those define what a template will look like, but just providing a template file won’t automatically allow content editors to create content of that type.

An administrator also needs to define a section, define the fields used by that section, and all of that has to be done in the admin area and saved in the database. Only then can a content editor add content of that new type. When it’s viewed publicly it will use the template you’ve coded, but the template alone isn’t enough.

Compare that to WordPress, where you create a new template file with the appropriate comment block at the top. Content editors will immediately be able to use it. When it comes to deployment, I only want to have to create things once, rather than recreating a section and its fields on all my environments. Make sense?

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Comment on WordPress vs. CraftCMS by Sam https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2018/03/wordpress-vs-craftcms/#comment-60196 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:36:35 +0000 https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/?p=2270#comment-60196 I’m genuinely curious; will you elaborate on this?

“Where CraftCMS falls down (massively, I think) is that half of its template definition is held in the database, and can only be administered visually.”

What is template definition, what half of it is held in the database, and how is it different from WordPress? I only ask because, unless I’m missing something – I’m sure I am – the database only holds values for fields like WP does, and template caches if you use the {% cache %} tag.

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Comment on Controller routes in Silex by Smarty https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2015/05/controller-routes-in-silex/#comment-60122 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:16:19 +0000 http://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/?p=1581#comment-60122 It was a really good help

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Comment on Controller routes in Silex by TheAnonymThanker https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2015/05/controller-routes-in-silex/#comment-60121 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:14:08 +0000 http://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/?p=1581#comment-60121 I am thank you tooo

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Comment on What is Church? by Matthew https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2017/05/what-is-church/#comment-60077 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:24:04 +0000 https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/?p=2145#comment-60077 Thanks for your comments Phill.

I know what you mean about communion being mandated by Jesus. He’s pretty clear when he says that the disciples should “do this whenever you eat and drink, in remembrance of me”. I’m definitely not saying we shouldn’t do it. I’m just not sure it’s as intrinsic to the identity of the Church as some denominations might suggest. In the Biblical accounts I’ve seen, communion was something people did in their own homes, not as part of a service or as a liturgical act – that came later as Paul tried to give some helpful boundaries around it. And let’s not forget that Jesus mandated an awful lot of other things too, arguably more often and more passionately. All I’m saying is that if we’re trying to define a ‘bare minimum’ description of the Church, I wouldn’t necessarily include communion at the outset, and by the time I got to it I would have included various other things first. And – despite my Baptist roots – I would probably include baptism further down the list too.

I think there is also an important difference between “Church” and “Christians”. There are things that we should do and be as individual followers of Jesus, but that’s not necessarily the same as what the fellowship en-mass should do and be.

Definitely more reading and reflection to be done. Thanks for the book recommendation, I’ll take a look!

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Comment on What is Church? by Phill https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2017/05/what-is-church/#comment-60069 Tue, 23 May 2017 12:34:17 +0000 https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/?p=2145#comment-60069 Hi Matthew,

Apologies that I’m coming at this a few days late, I haven’t had a chance to look at it before but I’ve been meaning to. You’ve done some hard work here I can tell! My general feel is that I think you’re pretty much on the right lines but I wonder if some of your analysis could be sharpened up a bit.

So, for example: “if we are taking the Early Jerusalem Church as our model, it would be centred around teaching and serving.” Would it? I’m not sure I would restrict it to those two things!

Your conclusion: “There are also certain things that the Church should ‘do’, as distinct from what the Church should ‘be’. Celebrating communion and singing hymns are important, but perhaps less intrinsic Biblically, though they are certainly part of the established identity of particular denominations of the Church. Conversely, serving people is far more prominent in Biblical teaching than is typically represented in the modern Church.”

Celebrating communion is less intrinsically ‘Biblical’ – really? Given that it is indeed a command of the Lord Jesus? This is actually a real issue given that the Salvation Army do not do baptism and communion – so are they a proper ‘church’. I’d say baptism and communion were essential to any definition of the church. There is clear Biblical mandate for singing hymns also – Col 3:16, Eph 5:19 – although I’m not sure whether I would include that in my overview of ‘church’.

If you wanted to continue your reading and research I’d suggest something like ‘The Church’ by Edmund Clowney, or part of a systematic theology such as Louis Berkhof’s (available free online – see section 5 for the information on the church). What you are attempting to do here is basically systematic theology (putting the whole Bible together to see what it teaches about something), and I think it’s helpful to see how other systematic theologians have done the same. You won’t agree with everything but they’re worth reading. Anyway, good work 🙂

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Comment on Do gerbils go to heaven? by Matthew https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2009/10/do-gerbils-go-to-heaven/#comment-59888 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:45:09 +0000 http://www.minipix.co.uk/?p=775#comment-59888 Hi John. So sorry to hear about your loss. It is hard, but with the support of our friends and family (and hopefully more gerbils) we move on. But we never forget.

(Sorry your post didn’t appear immediately, I have to approve them first)

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Comment on Do gerbils go to heaven? by john https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2009/10/do-gerbils-go-to-heaven/#comment-59885 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 04:28:40 +0000 http://www.minipix.co.uk/?p=775#comment-59885 He was the best.he was the only one that wagged his tail when he was happy. My rabbit slept under his cage all the time and when he passed from a heart attack, she was sad. I buried him,with all his favorite stuff,and even made a tombstone for him.I put him in a wooded area, called gerbies wood,so named after my first gerbil,Mr. G.my rabbit and I sat there for hours. I cried so hard. I lost my little boy. I’m hoping I can get over this loss.I’ve lost six so far in the past few years to various causes, all medical. I miss him so much.its so hard.I know.he was my favorite. Life is so short,especially for a gerbil. I thank god I had him,even if it was for a short time.I miss you,my friend. I’ll always love you.when I walk amongst the trees,I’ll think of you, as you will me.goodbye,my furry friend.

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Comment on Do gerbils go to heaven? by john https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/2009/10/do-gerbils-go-to-heaven/#comment-59884 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 04:19:26 +0000 http://www.minipix.co.uk/?p=775#comment-59884 I feel for all of you.I think this article will help me cope.this September my sixth gerbil,Einstein, passed away suddenly.lol

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