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The Next Chapter

Note: I was originally planning to publish this blog post months ago, however I got fairly busy and was unable to.

 

Some of you may have already noticed by now but, many changes are being made as we speak.

Firstly, AtomBB has been pushed off to http://atombb.com in order to showcase the software more while the downloads have been limited more until, we figure out the new content delivery mechanism.

What does this mean for Azareal.com? It means that much of the AtomBB related content on the forums will probably be archived for historical purposes.

Does this mean that Azareal.com is finished? No. Azareal Related Content aside, this site is home to many other projects like the Hadron Framework which powers AtomBB itself (well, it’s the framework for it and it’s digging deeper into AtomBB with each passing month) and the HadronCMS Project (Do we really need this? I might need to re-evaluate this project, as I might go for an alternative project instead of one in a saturated market) which has been largely stalled due to it being at a much lower priority, than everything else.

What’s happened to the AzaStudios Forums? It’s currently a little inactive, but I’ll be giving some attention to it soon.

New Discussion Area

As you have probably already noticed from the new link in the header, I have opened up a new forum to serve as the discussion area for the AzaStudios site for all of you to discuss subjects like my channel or my projects although, I am open to a huge variety of topics as long as they are posted in the appropriate areas (we’ll probably move them, if you mistakenly post in the wrong place however so, it’s not the end of the world).

Why did I do this? The integration system which connected the private collaboration areas to the main site started getting more and more unstable especially, with extra load being added to it from new sites being opened up for my projects like AtomBB for instance which showed that I needed to come up with a new collaboration solution which would also double as a discussion area which while I initially wished to do in AtomBB.. I figured that I’d hold off on migrating the discussion area to AtomBB until, the beta phase is reached or at the very least, well into the alpha phase of development.

What did I go with? There were countless possible solutions ranging from more simple systems like Vanilla and Discourse (I’ve criticised this system countless times so, it was a quick one to be ruled out from use) to the dominant tools in the forum space which were MyBB, phpBB and SMF (with the paid ones being ruled out as they were insanely expensive) with phpBB feeling like a step backwards to use (it may get better when phpBB4 comes out however, that’s unlikely to be out for quite a while) while SMF lacked much of the functionality which I needed so, I settled with MyBB as it was fairly stable and almost everything which I needed (some of which had to be filled in with some plugins).

What does that mean for you? It means that there’s now a central hub in which you can discuss everything which may have been discussed on the blog or other matters which may not have fit anywhere on the main site due to the lack of a proper discussion area.

What about integration? As we all know, MyBB has TERRIBLE third part integration support. Simply terrible. One of the reasons why I’ll just migrate the forums over to AtomBB when it reaches some decent level of stability as it would be nice to have an interconnected site rather than millions of little silos for every potential area which I may create.

Feel free to discuss this on the forums and have fun.

Social Stuffs and New Theme

As you have probably already noticed, this site has a new theme along with a new item on the navigation bar and a new widget as well to make certain tasks like logging in much quicker than going over to another page.

I installed a new plugin onto WordPress known as BuddyPress in order to add a quick way for users to communicate with each other which is merely intended as a convienience so, people don’t have to communicate with each other over the comments on the blog posts when they are discussing completely unrelated matters.

This has led to the top navigation bar of the site becoming awfully crowded due to the number of pages which BuddyPress added to the site which was averted by removing a number of links which are irrelevant to the site due to installing a seperate plugin which added a widget to the site where you can quickly register, login or reset your password without having to go to a seperate page to do it.

The problem with the widget is that it didn’t agree with the current theme so well so, it was slightly broken when it came to it’s tabs which led me to deciding that a new theme was warranted and so, I began on my journey to find a theme with all of the features which I needed which was hard along with requiring some compromises however, it led to the current theme which we now have which is playing quite well so far.

New Project

I’ve started a new project known as the Hadron Framework as some of you may have already noticed from the new page which was added with it’s own little issue tracking system which if you don’t already know what a framework is.. Kinda like a library of sorts which you use to accelerate the development of new software projects.

You may be thinking why? Well, as you may know, I’ve been working on a content management system to use on this site as WordPress as a relatively simple CMS platform and I haven’t really found any alternatives which actually fit my needs thus, resorting to come up with a custom solution. As such, I needed atleast some sort of framework to work the backend of the software in order to streamline the development of it to speed it up and then, came to the realisation that I may also want to assemble other additions to the CMS in order to add more functionality to the site.

This led to a situation where I figured that I could also help the software development community somewhat by releasing it under an open source license which would also help to get in much more testing than may otherwise be possible and so, I decided to launch this new project which already has a tester hired onto the small team called SuperSajuuk.

You may know him from YouTube as a LPer who I frequently interact with or some projects which we’ve collaborated on in the past and it should be useful as it would get alot of early testing in to crunch many of the bugs without trying too much expansionalist work in the beginning which would distract heavily from the development of the framework.

The general objective is for a modular solution while trying to avoid MVC, there are many arguments for and against MVC but, the reason that I’ve made that call is that it takes quite abit of a learning curve to learn MVC which would make the framework much less approachable to new developers than, it may otherwise be.

If you’re interested in the project then, you may be able to generally follow the progress by checking in on the Hadron Framework page from time to time (you can find the link to it up in the navigation bar) which also has quite abit of relevant information to read up on including if you’re interested in helping out with the project.

Welcome

I’ve opened up a new site as you can see here which currently has this quasi-temporary WordPress install as the main site until, I get around to splitting it off into a seperate blog section from all the other content which will be on this site.

More information to come soon..

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