It's time again to keep all interested folks posted about the current status of development.
Months ago I said this year will become interesting, and ...... indeed it is
Steve suggested a new feature in May (no, I won't tell you what it is ).
Planning details for this new feature was like exploring the peak of an iceberg.- Soon it became clear we reached a point where some important changes must be done *now*, instead of postponing to an unpredictable future.
To explain these changes for non-programmers let's compare the forum scripts with a car - everybody knows a car .
What changed since 5.32 can be compared to a complete replacement of the stearing and the gears unit of a car - both core parts of that sort of vehical.
Now that these two parts are replaced we're ready to replace the engine by a stronger one in future. - The main steps in development are done
Regarding the forum scripts this means changes to the frontend (esp. on admin side) and important changes under the hood where a new (and flexible) dispatcher distributes incoming requests.
The new version will come with a couple of new features on public side and a bunch of new stuff admin side.
A lot of improvements regarding maintenance of the forums.
A true login/logout with server-side session management for admin-access (not for public access yet).
Some new tool for fighting our friends (you know - the unwanted posters which all open forums suffer from ).
Some niceties, little changes, fixes and more.
Now all these changes are a lot. But changing the stearing and the gears unit ....... that makes the new release a major release, no version 5.x any more!
Thus here is the milestone:
Next version will become ....... Version 6 .......
Well, now I see some old WebBBS users falling from their seats and ROFL.
All I can say is: Enjoy! - I did as well - Unlike that first V6 attempt (by KD) back in 2003-2005 we *do* have code now.
Schedule is simple:
Features are frozen already. During the next 2 weeks Steve and me will do extensive testing and debugging of what problems we detect.
By the end of September (after holidays) very likely an Alpha will be offered for interested folks (drop me a note if you want to participate on testing).
Plan is to get a first Beta running live on some sites by October, then release a public Beta mid 4th quarter.
Public Beta will be usable for production sites, but will be addressed to experienced users only.
The Final won't be out before 3 months after the Beta. All documentation will be done while the Beta is running but before the Final will be released.
Sounds like a plan? ... It is! .... And I'm pretty sure it will work
Questions? Comments? - You're welcome: Discussion board is open.