Wow things in Tabulas are starting to stabilize a bit; the bugs are getting spottier and spottier ... I feel that the development is starting to plateau a bit ... and with all the recoding I did with some of the older stuff, Tabulas is looking like a very solid product.

Of course, one thing really troubles me; there was a few users who would report that they could 'access' other people's accounts randomly. I'm not sure how this would work since each user is generated a unique md5 hash that is stored in a cookie and that links to their userid; the only way they could access other accounts would be if the site generated two similiar session hashes (but there is code preventing that). No one's reported it for a while ... but I hacked up a bunch of extra "tracking" features that I've been using to see how that's happening.

I spent a lot of time reworking the communities features. It's starting to come together; a lot of the functionality is there, but the UI is really messy and it's throw together haphazardly. Hopefully as soon as I'm done with all the community features (soon) I'll be able to fix up the UI of the control panel.

I added RSS feeds to all communities ... I'm really hoping I can introduce Tabulas members to the beauty of RSS. I really think RSS is lovely and so convenient. Hopefully my love for RSS will be pushed onto others ;D.

The next "big" problem (besides the styling issues that plague Tabulas) is tackling the RSS parser. In my haste to get features done, I didn't write a proper PHP RSS parser. Each time I generate a RSS feed for a user, I hit the database 10 times. For each community, 5 times. Since a lot of entries are posted to multiple communities, you can see why this is a problem (each entry posted to 5 communities means that the RSS generator hits the database 35 times).

Ideally the RSS generator would throw the whole RSS feed into memory, pop up the oldest entry, and hit the database once and add that lovely entry in and pop the RSS file back out to the hard drive.

Well, right now I'm just trying to get it work. As long as I'm aware of the problems and I know how to fix them, I should be ok. Since I had implemented a bunch of features that reduce the work on the database from the display end of Tabulas (e.g. each user's Tabulas), the database can handle all those queries fine ...

There is also now a separate page for each user that lists all entries posted to communities they are a member of, kind of like your friends page (you can access yours off of /~username/mycommunity.html). Originally I was thinking of having all communities come out on your friends page (ala Livejournal), but ultimately decided that was a bad idea. To me, communities represent interests ... while your friends page should be restricted to keeping up with your personal friends. Since many Tabulas members seem to be in a lot of communities, an information overload was probably going to happen for a lot of journals.
Currently listening to: Rancid's Fall Back Down
Posted by roy on January 15, 2004 at 01:13 AM in Ramblings | 10 Comments

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Comment posted on January 16th, 2004 at 12:20 PM
You wrote that you want to "introduce Tabulas members to the beauty of RSS". Please, Roy, what is RSS?

MacDaddyTatsu (guest)

Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 09:16 PM
When I asked our current site admin. I was told "Ultra Lib". I have only heard about carp and wan, since I am the least PHP sauve of my group. BTW I was sort of talked down to for using magpie by a large swedish php assassin for not knowing what "Ultra Lib" was OR "Magpie"...Im slow that way.

MacDaddyTatsu (guest)

Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 07:04 PM
This should answer your question:

What is magpie?
Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 07:17 PM
You have PHP enabled on your site, right?
Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 01:37 PM
Check the Newest Members section of the main page. Specifically the date.

MacDaddyTatsu (guest)

Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 02:10 AM
Bro what version of RSS are you using and is there anything special I have to to to embed it into my new site design? Right now I seem unable to remote call the RSS for my TAB from my server.
Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 09:18 AM
1.0. Are you using magpie?

esanoche (guest)

Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 01:17 AM
Hi, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask you about the photography community but I figured I'd try anyway. I'm not really clear on what you mean on the requirements page. What do you mean about the individual pages and using the break. By the way I also want to join this community.
Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 01:23 AM
Join the community; I'll verify you in.

When I say the break feature, I'm talking about

Try experimenting in your journal and you'll see what I mean. I just don't want a bunch of 600 pixel wide entries in the photography community page.

esanoche (guest)

Comment posted on January 15th, 2004 at 01:31 AM
thanks I know exactly what you mean now (I tried it in my own journal!).