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No, I haven’t been silenced

I haven’t really added anything to the Web Devout site in a while. In fact, I’ve even fallen behind on the security summary updates for all three browsers. A lot of it is due to my very busy work week, trying to fulfill the “guy who solves all our problems” role for several different projects. But I have been committing my weekends to Web Devout.

So why haven’t there been any changes on the site? Well, changes are happening, but they’re happening somewhere else. A couple of weeks ago, I was given a powerful new server, all to myself, with tons of bandwidth to spare. Because this is the first time I actually have full administrative control over the server, and I can actually use recent versions of PHP and whatnot, I’ve decided it’s time to give several sections of the site some much-needed backend love (nmiaow). And while I was at it, I went ahead and started rewriting the entire site from scratch, based around a new modular homegrown infrastructure that will make future development a lot cleaner. I’m designing it with the idea that I’ll eventually open source it for other people to use. This rewrite will also give me a chance to implement an OpenID-based user account system seamlessly with all services on this site, and I hope to develop an early working version of my long-planned public bug tracking system by the time the new site goes public.

For those of you just tuning in, I want to make a single public bug reporting and tracking system for all versions of all web browsers, with focus on simplicity and ease of use (as opposed to, well, Bugzilla). Well-confirmed bugs will be automatically put into a table structure similar to the current web browser standards support resource. I hope it to be entirely user-driven, with little to no editorial oversight needed. We’ll see how well that goes. ;)

I’m still a long way off before I have something to show you, but hopefully it will be worth it.

4 Responses to “No, I haven’t been silenced”

  1. Paul Irish Says:

    Ooh! Uesr-driven! That’ll be great. looking forward to it

    Posted using Mozilla Firefox on Windows.

  2. Tony Says:

    Thanks for the update! I’m very much looking forward to the new site.

    And THANK GOD you are conscious of Bugzilla’s self-defeating design. Complexity to the point of inhibiting users does not help any bug tracking system.

    Have you taken a look at this this bug tracker? It requires no database, is XML-based, and claims to have good performance. AND it’s open source.

    I haven’t used it yet but I plan to in some upcoming projects… Thought it might be useful.

    Thanks for your great work on WebDevout! Keep up the fantastic work.

    Posted using Mozilla Firefox on Macintosh.

  3. Tom Snare Says:

    nice article, no silence!

    Posted using Internet Explorer (Windows) 7.0 on Windows.

  4. burun estetiÄŸi Says:

    Hi Estetik.. wow i never knew that a country banned Wordpress.. is there a reason why?

    Posted using Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 on Windows.