The cloud concept has been successfully tested in a new version of the engine. Strictly speaking it’s not pure cloud computing as such (that’s if ‘pure’ could be applied to that rather fuzzy subject) but it’s close enough. All projects within the engine network will be able to utilize (completely or partially) not just programming functions but also various data resources as their own. One benefit of this feature would be the instant upgrade to the engine’s new versions for all projects. The other is that new sites/portals could be created with just a few lines of code.
The activation of the cloud effectively concludes the engine’s beta testing. All the main classes have been successfully tested and adjusted for a better efficiency. The new version of the engine has already been applied to a few online projects and as soon as it’s applied to a few more a new development cycle will start. The plan is to concentrate on creation of new features which will be useful to gaming communities and probably to add some more personal options.
New modules for a more convenient news management have been added to the system. When active they are providing the flow of updated content on specified topics without the need for a human operator. This feature will be first tested on Star Wars: The Old Republic portal’s new forum: Galactic News.
Another new feature allows for quick translations of forums’ posts. The translation is being done into a user’s preferred language. Due to technical limitations it's far from perfect and works well only with small posts. As a quick fix it'll do for now but I'm going to work on a more reliable solution later. After all it's a really useful option for international clans.
Upon the completion of additional moderation options new sections and forums were added to the system. One for MMO Games and another for Gaming Communities.
These sections are the first building stones of the portal's support for different games and gamers. If you're interested in creation of a portal dedicated to your favourite game or need a place for your guild, let us know and we'll gladly assist you.
The engine modules for forum categorization have been added. Now the top menu’s link Forums is linked to the portal forums listing.
The categorization can be done at different levels of unlimited depth. The presentation is done the way everyone would expect it to be done these days, except probably for a stress on the engine’s localization features and catering for international communities.
There’s still some additional information about categories’ statistics can be added but at the moment there’re more important things to do and it’ll be done a bit later.
Since everything is going on smoothly we’re moving to the next step in expanding the portal’s features. Now a new section is accessible at the main top menu – Forums.
Until it’s decided what other sections/forums are going to be needed/requested the first forum that goes live there is Free Fall. This forum can be used for testing, off-topic discussions, inter-project communications, and so on, and so on. Which probably makes it more flooding grounds than testing… but I’m sure there’s a difference between these two concepts even if it’s hard to define what exactly the difference is. Well, maybe that’s why the forum gets its particular name...
Also adding to the general confusion the forum is multilingual and so you can post there in your preferred language (English or Russian for the time being). I’m not quite sure how well it’s going to work but we shall see.
The StrayBit engine is a framework for building various types of on-line projects
from single websites to portals with multiple subsidiary websites under a centralized administration.
This portal is the showcase of the engine's existing performance capabilities and testing grounds
for developing and trying out new features.
Below are some of the projects built with the engine. Each of them is accessible as a standalone
website and all of them are integrated within the StrayBit
network. An account registered at the network can be used to log in at all the other projects (and
Экстрим и активный отдых
WAVEFRONT.RU - Портал посвященный экстремальным видам спорта и активному отдыху.
"Dark Council vs. Galactic Senate" is a portal dedicated to
the Star Wars: The Old Republic game and to the whole period
which preceded the original Star Wars movies by about 4.000 years.
The portal was made to reflect the dual nature of the game's conflict and
can present information depending on your preferred side: the Empire or the Republic.
The Blessed Darkness is a gaming comunity founded in 1999 for
playing on-line multiplayer games of the Star Wars universe.