Saturday, June 23, 2007, 10:06 AMI've been reading over the old suggestions forum (http://battlereports.com/suggestions_old/). It was something that I missed out on, because I knew I couldn't put the time into.
I see that a lot of initial work was done -- a requirements spec, a cvs server, a production environment (possibly, I'm not sure what its setup was).
It also set out to do a lot of things. JV ultimately saw this as part of a larger Content Publishing and Rating System, and starting from scratch rather than migrating away from the existing PHP system.
A lot could have been done, but it was probably a project doomed to failure. JV didn't have the time, and nobody else had the skills or know-how to carry it in his stead.
So now, the contrast.
This project's aim is to build a bigger community, and bring life to a very old website.
We're still going to be about battlereports, but the emphasis on replays and tournaments will be better defined. There won't be technical migration from PHP to another sort of technology. That's just too risky.
So right now I'm concentrating on re-factoring the code for maintainability. I want to remove the presentation from the logic and data flow, which should make it easier to make changes when the time comes.
And what implemented features will make this change? That I'm not too sure about. It's a group process to figure that much out, and we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 04:13 PMRSS - that's Really Simple Syndication - is a way of keeping current with the dev blog. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS).
Firefox 2.0 has something called Live Bookmarks that reads these RSS feeds. You'll have a little button on the top of your browser that you can open up and see the most current blog posts.
This is one of the features I'd like to implement in BR.com 4.0.
So subscribe to it, keep hip to what's happenin' for battlereports.com.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 07:00 PMSo I wanted to start something meaningful before I posted anything in this blog and let you all know about it. But I got too excited.
The purpose of this blog is to inform you of what old man Lucky is up to with regards to the site.
Well, I'll give you an update to this point.
I've started running battlereports.com on a localhost. I can't seem to export any rows from br.com's sql database, so it looks pretty poor.
I'm also running on windows, so anywhere there's a directory there's an error. For example, directory /forum/index.php is actually \forum\index.php on my localhost. So that's always fun.
Anyways, I think first on my plate is to get that up and running. And after that, I want to clean up pretty much everything. There are a lot of calls to global variables, which is just poor practice. And the site doesn't have a lot of seperation between display and data (that's just my first impression).
Also, I'm re-learning all those SQL queries I forgot so long ago.
A little bit of geek humor:
Select * from 'users' where clue > 0;
0 rows returned
- LuckyNewbie (MY NAME DOESNT SHOW UP OMG WTF BBQ)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 06:42 PMLast entry got eaten up on preview so...