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Comments September 25, 2006

Managing your MODs

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB Doctor — Dave Rathbun @ 9:27 pm CommentsComments (1) 

There are several main challenges that I’ve identified over the years as a MOD writer. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I welcome comments or additional feedback. The challenges are:

  1. Design
  2. Write
  3. Document
  4. Support
  5. Update


Comments September 22, 2006


Filed under: tech stuff — Dave Rathbun @ 7:27 pm Comments Off 

A bit over a year ago I purchased a new Dell server sans O/S to set up a Linux system at my house. It’s happily humming away in a corner, running Mandriva 10, doing a variety of tasks. Thinking of switching to SuSE, for no apparent reason. But that’s another post for another day.

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a new Dell desktop to be used for my development machine. Nice specs… 4GB of fast RAM, 250GB x 2 in a RAID1 configuration, dual core CPU, dual video outputs… it’s a nice box. And it, too, came without an O/S installed. :shock: Wow, talk about bad OOBE. More…

Comments September 20, 2006

Elfquest, cool!

Filed under: phpBB Doctor — Dave Rathbun @ 11:29 pm Comments Off 

Many years ago I first read a comic book named “Elfquest” … it’s about, well, it’s hard to explain. :-) Suffice it to say that I really enjoyed the story, and the art is incredible. I purchased the first 20 comic books, then purchased them again when they were released in a beautiful glossy format.

Why mention that here? More…

Comments September 19, 2006

How long does it take to write a MOD?

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 9:22 am Comments Off 

The classic answer: It depends. :-D All joking aside, writing a MOD generally takes a minimum of two hours, even for a very simple MOD. Okay, an extremely simple MOD might take a few minutes, at best. But most functional MODs that I write take a minimum of two to three hours. Why? More…

Comments September 18, 2006

MOD Writers: Where do you put your language strings?

Filed under: MOD Writing — Dave Rathbun @ 9:18 am CommentsComments (2) 

One of the decisions that a MOD writer has to make is whether to provide language strings as edits to an existing language file, or create their own. There are advantages and disadvantages (as I see it) either way. More…

Comments September 14, 2006

Free what?

Filed under: blog — Dave Rathbun @ 1:28 pm CommentsComments (2) 

I don’t know why, but this morning (while waiting for a query to run at work) I decided to check the phpBBDoctor web site stats. One of the most useful reports from Urchin (a stand-alone reporting package that was later purchased by google) is the Search Terms report.

For the month of September, the #1 search term (phrase) that landed people here at my site was “free doctor search”. :lol: More…

Comments September 13, 2006

A “quickie”

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 7:35 am Comments Off 

So I just started writing another MOD. It was only supposed to take 30 minutes. That was a few hours ago. ;-) Most MODs start out as very simple ideas. And if the MOD is all background code (no user interface required) then it is often simple to implement. But sometimes they just seem to grow and take on a life of their own. More…

Comments September 7, 2006

Moving to phpBB3 aka Olympus

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 10:37 am Comments Off 

There is a note in the FAQ for the phpBB Doctor board about not having plans to move to 3.0 right away.

Since you brought up 3.0, what are your plans in that area?
When version 3.0 has a stable public release we will determine what to do. At this time we have no official policy on the 3.x product.

Well, guess what. The first Beta was released Saturday, June 17th, 2006. A second Beta was released after the initial round of bug finding. So that means that we’re that much closer to a stable release. And that much closer to requiring an official position from the phpBB Doctor as to what we’ll offer in the way of support and code modifications.

As of now, we still have no position. :-)

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