2012 SWaRM Aims

Hi Everyone

I thought I’d update you all on some of the plans I have for this year. Will make it nice to look back in 2013 and see how many actually got done!

  • Rewrite the galaxy parser. At the moment it’s hammering my servers CPU doing all the processing and is frequently at 70-100%. I can change this by optimising the parsing so it’s faster per galaxy and this should reduce the load as well as hopefully finally eliminate any duplicates for good.
  • Rewrite the toolbar – I’ve been thinking about this one for a while and as much as I like the XUL side of firefox, more and more people are using chrome to do the parsing. So I will change the toolbar so that it uses good ‘old’ HTML5 to allow chrome users to install and parse. The other aim of this rewrite is to give me the ability to have separate release channels for the toolbar so that the people that want the most bleeding edge version can keep up with recent builds.
  • Do more integration of IRC and the portal and maybe even some admin updates to allow memberlists to be synchronised across the portal and all the forums. This is known in most circles as Single Sign-On.
    • On a personal note, I am getting married this year to my beautiful fiance in Malta. So I’ll pretty much be unavailable for most of June.

      I’d love for more of you to get involved this year in making the alliance more active in IRC and feel free to put yourselves forward as portal editors and/or submit posts to me on IRC and I will get them up on the portal!

      Well, that’s as much as I can think of right now, edits may follow as and when I think of new ideas!

      Have a good year this year and remember “Be excellent to each other”.


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