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Updates from Aaron Lewis, GuildPortal Code Monkey

Posted 6/26/2007 7:13 PM by Aaron Lewis. 85802 reads. Share:

To more fully explain exactly what we've been up to around here, I'm going to add a blog entry along with the accompanying news item

For starters, we've migrated to the latest version of the .NET framework.  For those of you in the field, we're not running "Orcas" or anything in beta.  We'll leave the testing of production applications on beta frameworks up to the Fortune 500-type companies.  For the end user, this doesn't mean a whole lot at first, but it does open up the GuildPortal platform to move in some pretty compelling directions.

For starters, the whole "Ajax" thing that's been circulating the web, annoying anybody with a low tolerance for the latest thing that some of the most ADHD people in the world latch on to (I'm talking about us programmers here), is now something we'll be able to integrate into the application. 

Now, before anybody gets dizzy or starts to feel their lunch coming up, we're not going to toss everything out and start from scratch with a ton of useless Ajax-for-Ajax's sake widgets. 

As an example of a (hopefully) not pointless implementation of Ajax into GuildPortal, you can see a bit of it at work with the image gallery control on your pages.  Of course, if you don't like the scrolling, you (guild admins) can shut it off by hitting the Edit icon and then clicking display options.  We'll try to provide as much user choice in any Ajax-y enhancements moving forward.

Next, security has of course been a continuing area of focus, eating up a lot of development time.  Of course, I can't disclose too much about the specifics, but I can tell you that the vast majority of the attacks we had a while ago took advantage of a misconfiguration (our bad) that has since been all sealed up into a little plastic tube and had the oxygen sucked out until it died.  

In completely unrelated -- heavy sarcasm -- news, several well-known hotbeds of hacker activity in certain Chinese provinces have been blocked from accessing the site for a bit, until their ISPs decide to cooperate a little bit in getting these people shut down.

A revamping of the style controls is coming up, with a whole lot more control over individual elements of your site, without the need to resort to doing up your own custom style sheet.  Of course, those of you who like that kind of thing (a lot of you are on the spotlights page!), will still be able to do so, and we'll be adding a few more classes that will give you an even finer level of control over the appearance of your site.

The Control Panel as a whole will be seeing some updates, with changes made to the applications system, content editing, and a few other odds and ends.  The effort will be to provide a more consistent user interface.

As always, thank you for choosing GuildPortal as your guild's home on the web!