Ha, I just read Michaels article on why he considers calendars on weblogs useless. Funny I read this right after implementing mine.
Well, the reason that I did mine is that I want my archives to be reachable in some fashion -- perhaps if only for google. A search or keyword "related" section would be more usable, for sure.
I have a calendar that now points to my archives. I think that I'm at feature parity with what I was using from Radio, at least with respect to blog generation. I didn't use any tables in my layout, so let me know if things don't look good in a browser other than IE for windows.
I think that I'm done for tonight. Next I'm going to work on an FTP upstreamer so that I can just hit a button (or work it on a timer/file system change notification) to upload the site instead of using SmartFTP to upload manually.
In some ways this would be a lot easier with a server side solution backed up to SQL server. I'm tempted to switch over, but I really do like the idea of client side+FTP.
Okay, Chris has put me to shame.
To try and redeem myself I have my archives working now. I also have permalinks.
I haven't uploaded posts in a couple of days as I renumbered all of my entries and I didn't want to screw everyone's Syndirella feed until I had permalinks and guids working.
To see some of the workings behind the scenes, here is the xslt for my main page.