View Full Version : Any interest in building an Amiga.org development team?
As we continue to grow, we are slowly moving out of the range of services that Xoops, PHP (or Post) Nuke, or other out-of-the-box Content Management Systems (CMS) can handle. Most were designed for small to low-medium size sites. As it sits, Xoops is taking up an average of 20% of the 1.3 Ghz CPU for MySQL at any given time.
As such, if I can provide the working domain, and the hosting and everything else, are there any PHP Programmers out there willing to join the cause of writing a new engine for Amiga.org?
I am a programmer by trade, but I'm not able to do everything. As such, I thought to initially develop a basic engine using another host and domain, then when ready, move it over here and replace Xoops on Amiga.org.
1) I have the domain(s) necessary
2) secure hosting?
3) get sourceforge project page going (I know nothing about this) including CVS
4) establish coding, filename, and directory standards (very little if any JS)
5) establish user authentication framework
6) start writing modules beginning with news and forums.
7) move data from Xoops to new engine.
xx) (when moderately ready and bug tested) go live.
Is there anyone out there in Amigaland who is up to the challenge?
12-24-2002, 10:25 AM
Great idea, and I'd be happy to help with that.
Normally I code C and Java, but I have a decent amount of experience building asp, php sites with SQL backends.
12-24-2002, 11:40 AM
Well, I too am a programmer by trade but have no real experience with a real web site. I do have experience programming databases though. However, since I'm currently laid off and have not much to do except start pointless threads on Amiga.org I figured I could perhaps help you out. I would actually like to get some real experience with designing and developing a web site as it could look great on my resume! :-) Let me know if you're interested.
An initial forum is now built for us to discuss the beginnings. volmer and Glaucus, see if you can access it. Other people who want to help, just chime in and we'll go from there. We really need a CVS and SourceForge expert. I've asked Kent, but we'll see what he says. He might be too busy.
12-24-2002, 01:25 PM
Would really like to help; how do I enter that thread?
as I said, simply ask. See if you can enter it now and give feedback.
01-17-2003, 08:01 AM
I'm as you probably already know working on my own PHP website project MINDRELEASE.net (http://www.mindrelease.net) and just completed my first login system. I know, it hasn't been implemented properly on my site yet as I'm still working on the content to be viewed once the user has logged in. However, the actual login module is pretty much finished and works like a charm. It's based on PHP sessions rather than cookies (much more secure, the authentication is on the server side) and will keep the user logged in until the user closes his/her browser or if the user's connection is inactive for more than 30 minutes. Once logged in, the scripts checks for the users authentication level which gives us the possibility to adopt the page content depending on wether the user has administrative rights or not and can even be given different kind of administrative rights (such as news editor, forum administrator, webmaster, etc.). I'm willing to share my code for this if you like, just send a mail to email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).
03-21-2003, 10:00 PM
Im interested and would like to chime in. I don't know how much i can help but sure want to see whats going on.
I'd help ya out wayne... I think it's a good idea
03-22-2003, 02:30 AM
I'd be pleased to help. :-)
03-22-2003, 06:06 AM
@All the people who have posted here.
You could start helping out by telling us how we can improve this service to serve you better.
Awaiting your replies,
I'm willing to help. Oracle PL/SQL + Magic Enterprise programmer by trade myself. Had an "accident" 18 months ago, and had to "retire" from the business. Something like this would be good to get myself back into the swing of things. Let me know what you need and I'll gladly do my best for you.
03-22-2003, 10:44 AM
I'm more of a CSS/XHTML guru, but I would love to help where I can. I've done a bit of ASP/SQL and would love to start learning PHP.
I also have a thing about web standards and accessibility so I might be good for helping out making the site valid xHTML1.0.
Ideally I'd like to make a new site a complete CSS layout, but seeing as none of the Amiga browsers support this yet, perhaps a basic table layout for older/amiga browsers, all styled up with CSS to make it look nice in a modern browser :-)
03-22-2003, 11:29 AM
I'm a Cold Fusion programmer by trade, and admittedly know very little about PHP.
What I can offer help in is site layout, planning and compatability testing. As a rule, all the work my company does is 100% W3C compliant.
I like the Fusebox methodology [fusebox.org (http://www.fusebox.org)], but however, we don't use the entire system - we have a more simple system. Standards for variable names, page names, directory structures etc can be set before anything gets started (nothing worse than changing stuff half way through).
I am fairly busy, but I *am* willing to help out as much as possible.
Perhaps we should start a private forum or mailing list for those interested.
03-22-2003, 05:14 PM
mdma: That's a CV I respect; "I was fired from my last gig".
mdma: That's a CV I respect; "I was fired from my last gig".
No, I really did have an "accident". I got the #### kicked out of me in august 2001. Lost my memory for a while and I have permanent retina damage. Still waiting for my criminal injuries and loss of earnings payout. Then i'll by an A1 and a Peg II. :-)
03-22-2003, 07:17 PM
Yeh I'm interested Wayne, I'll do my bit, I'm not the one to lead such a development though. I use PHP for my personal site, but its nothing really complex, sure I can help.
05-08-2003, 08:18 AM
Hi. I'm currently unemployed so I have all the time in the world and would like to help out. I have very little experience with Php, and prolly won't be of much practical use there, but I know a bit about security and such. If I could sort of tag along and help with what I know? I'd also like to learn more about practical implementation of php/ so on, as books and online courses usually teach how to code crap :-P
05-08-2003, 10:29 AM
I dont know how much time I'm going to have (what with learning Java and Oracle at the moment as well as a full time job and helping my wife with her business), but I have done a fair bit of PHP and MYSQL work, so would be very interested in helping out where I can.
05-08-2003, 11:42 AM
I would like to (and is able too in all modesty :)) bug check / bug fix, if such is needed along the way.
I would not be of much use code-wise as I know too little about the 'new' standards and stuff, and I would have too little time, but I am decent at spotting obvious errors and butt-ugly code.
Thank you one and all for the renewed interest in this subject. Please note however that for the time being, all development aside from the layout part of the existing site has been temporarily shelved.
We consider this a prudent decision based on the question of whether or not to devote the hundreds of hours necessary to design a new system around the current Amiga situation.
Until the current Amiga situation improves, we simply feel that the time and effort required to write, test, and convert the existing structure could be best used for other Internet adventures.
I personally own 18 or so domains, so perhaps I'll give one of those a try.
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