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Re: new forum software

 
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I read in the FAQ:

Why does Javaranch use a CGI based backend instead of Java technology

When Javaranch started there wasn't any forum software available that was based on Java technology. We are in the process of developing our own java based forum software.



Is this still true? I like this forum but the interface is a bit crufty. I've used a few other Java based forum packages and none of them are quite what I want.

So my question to the keepers of the Moose would be how do I help? I'm sure this is a pretty tight circle and I don't mean to butt in, but I'd at least be willing to alpha test a secondary site.

Any info is appreciated!
 
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I think you took the right step. Have you been over to moose?

I think it's okay for you to chip in.

I would tell you the steps to take to chip in, but I haven't tinkered with the code myself ....

Who's doing the most tinkering over there these days?
 
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Having just checked out the new version, I just have to say that it looks very good. I especially like what I saw for the enhanced search feature. That oughta cut down on certain questions.

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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
Who's doing the most tinkering over there these days?


Ernest used to be "the man". Don't know about today's situation, though.
 
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We haven't done much work on it for a while now due to other commitments. Meanwhile, though, the test installation is being "smoked out" as some internal projects have been using it for a private discussion forum.

Although the test server looks nice and works well, the problem is that I don't think it would scale well to the kind of traffic we see here at the Ranch: iIt goes to the database too often and doesn't do enough caching. Improvements in that area, and some more work that needs to be done on the administration tools, are the major components left to do.

Oh -- and of course, data migration tools to move the 800 zillion messages and nearly 100,000 user accounts from this forum to the new one!
[ October 07, 2004: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]
 
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Ernest, any problems with letting Scott tinker a bit?
 
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Ernest?
 
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Sorry Paul, didn't see your last message.

We host the project on SourceForge, so anybody can get read-only access to the CVS repository right now -- it's at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mvnsaloon/ . Scott, you're welcome to check out a copy and see what you think. It's a fork of the open-source "MVN" Java forum software.
 
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