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A lot going on all at once

Posted on 2008-02-05 21:05:12

We've been working on a new framework that utilizes the power of factory patterns in PHP. For the most part it seems really cool and efficient. This means, however, that there won't be many noticeable updates to the current website for a while, as we need time to get the new implementation worked out, and we don't want to muck around with what we have working now.

We have also built a handy new plug-in that shows the current users online. You can see it at the bottom of the screen. Some features it includes is when you mouse over a name, it will tell you how many minutes the person has been idle, and administrators show up as red links instead of blue.

So please, hold tight while we work out the details for the new site, and check back often! You may have noticed the ads at the bottom of the page. No worries, they're temporary!

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Tell us what you think!

Posted on 2008-01-22 12:13:56

So I finally got around to building a commenting system for news posts, so now every time I show our website to someone, they won't immediately ask me why they can't post a comment. :-P

I suggest everybody checks it out. It's easy to read and easy to post! I guess the next big step in the news module will be to implement a way for users to effectively print, or send it to a friend. If I have enough time, I'll devise some way of having news posts fit in to various categories. Oh, and maybe a way that after 'x' number of characters, it cuts off the post, and gives you a 'read more' link.

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Pagination finally implemented

Posted on 2008-01-20 21:49:20

I finally got around to implementing pagination in to the news/blog module. In fact, if you look near the bottom, you should see some simple page controls. Currently, one page is equal to 5 posts, but I plan on making it a configurable setting later on. The next big steps for the blog module is to add some commenting system controls, and maybe even a way to jump to specific pages rather than just going back or forward. I also updated the message center look and feel to correspond with the styles of the rest of the site, thus making it more easily controlled from CSS. I've also decided to use this nice 'off-blue' color you see as the background of news posts in other areas. It looks really friggin' sweet.

I also got around to replacing that ugly pixelated logo we had before, and added a slightly stylish, web2.0-esque logo. I, however, am willing to replace it if anybody provides me with one that we think is better.

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Bench Marking? We don't need no stinking benchmarking!

Posted on 2008-01-19 02:07:32

So, I finally bit the bullet and decided to benchmark our  HTML encoding function and the results where eye opening to say the least. As it turns out, preg_replace is horribly inefficient when dealing with simple strings and though it looked really sweet all coded up, it turned out to be over 5 seconds slower when iterating through the same string 10000 times when compared against str_replace. Also due to the way in which preg_replace works it made a meal out of the encoding process. So, its now all fixed and thanks to our efficient code review process you might notice that the site loads exactly 0.0000381 seconds faster!

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Back from the break

Posted on 2008-01-16 17:34:24

I've started working on GuardedCode again. Mostly just toning what we have already implemented. I'm building an 'enhancement proposal' module so that we can keep track of our ideas better. I think that having enhancement proposals will greatly increase productivity and efficiency. Check back often for updates.

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GuardedCode on Pause

Posted on 2007-11-05 21:08:21

Currently, we're both too busy with other projects to be able to devote any time to GuardedCode. I have Pythoxy, an HTTP proxy written in Python; and he has T4GG, a revolutionary social-bookmarking site that focuses on simplicity under 750 lines of code. However, we have not forgotten about the GuardedCode project, and we will probably return in a few months.

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New Look & Feel

Posted on 2007-09-11 02:53:35

Yeah, so I've added a new theme with some sweet styles. Please note that most of the links to the right are not functional, and are just an example of how it'll look like when I'm done. I'm still not sure about the logo at the top, but I guess it will have to do for now. GuardedCode is really starting to step up in production.

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Activity has been stepping up

Posted on 2007-09-03 01:50:57

More and more time has been devoted lately. It's very exciting to see progress being made and I can't wait what will happen next.

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No Alpha Release

Posted on 2007-08-29 04:46:22

So time got away and not a lot has happened. In fact nothing. But development has restarted (for tonight at least) and things look good for our 2010 beta release.

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Slower Than Expected

Posted on 2007-03-29 00:47:03

We've both been very busy and haven't worked much on GuardedCode for the past few months. However, we intend to be able to devote a great deal of time to it soon.

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