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Festive Update

Posted by Arantor on December 19, 2013, 08:28:30 PM

So it's the festive season again, and I know that everyone is kind of busy with whatever celebrations they've got going on. It's a busy time for everyone, really, regardless of anything.

I just wanted to swing by and say that we're cracking on with things - this will probably be the last blog post from me for 2013, as we move forwards to doing more awesomeness. (Not that there's much of 2013 left, of course :P)

So, here's the usual update of what has been happening with us - especially on this last push towards the beta phase. We won't get there before the end of December; we're human, we have things like families and friends to spend time with (yes, even me, I do actually have some friends :P), and that is going to cut into the free time we can spend here making SMF. Anyway, here goes:

* Lots of bug fixes, down to tweaks of sentences, display glitches and the like.

* The long-despised "FileZilla issue" has been dealt with once and for all - as of 2.1, all attachment files now have a generic extension that FileZilla won't consider as text, and that means it won't screw up your attachments any more. The upgrader handles all the upgrading and renaming for you.

* The theme page is slightly smarter too - it now won't let you install a 2.0 or 1.1 theme directly into 2.1 because they won't work properly even if you did manage it, as well as being a little overhauled in other ways.

* The rewrite of the notifications system as I talked about last time is coming along; about half the types of alerts that SMF can issue are implemented and working. Still plenty to do, and there's some other changes to come too.

* The mail queue is now always enabled.

* Lots of images dropped, fused into fewer images - saves bandwidth, saves requests. and plays nicer with theme variants. Quite literally dozens of images removed from the package, including a good number that weren't even being used any more.

* Mass move of topics has a few more options now to go with the maintenance > mass remove options.

There's a bunch of other goodies added too, but mostly minor stuff - the big push of late has been dealing with many icons becoming sprites and the notifications/alerts overhaul. But we're getting there. :)

As ever, it's all on Github - https://github.com/SimpleMachines/SMF2.1 - if you want to try it out but support will be limited for this pre-alpha software, any issues you have, please do file them on Github. Features are likely not to be added at this stage unless they're hugely important, or exceedingly minor, though.

In the meantime, have a very festive season, celebrate however you celebrate, and don't forget to spend quality time with your friends and family and think nice thoughts about people :)

Comments

busterone on December 19, 2013, 08:40:59 PM said
Nice. I have a test copy installed and I like what I am seeing so far.  Thanks for all the hard work. 
Irisado on December 20, 2013, 01:57:57 PM said
My thanks to all the Developers on the continued excellent work.  Everything is moving forward at a very good rate, and so many things are being fixed.  Great work all of you.
Chalky on December 20, 2013, 01:59:35 PM said
Nice one indeed.  It's actually exciting!  Thank you developers  :D
lurkalot on December 20, 2013, 02:02:57 PM said
Thanks for all the hard work so far.  Going to have a play ASAP.  8)
AllanD on December 20, 2013, 02:09:50 PM said
Thank you for the update and all the work put into 2.1.
shadow82x on December 20, 2013, 02:27:51 PM said
I'm very impressed at what 2.1 is becoming, thanks devs. :)
NanoSector on December 20, 2013, 03:09:14 PM said
These changes sound amazing, thank you :)
lurkalot on December 20, 2013, 04:30:54 PM said
Reported a css bug on Git. ;)
Arantor on December 20, 2013, 04:36:53 PM said
And already closed it on Github as a duplicate of an already reported bug ;)
lurkalot on December 20, 2013, 04:51:39 PM said
And already closed it on Github as a duplicate of an already reported bug ;)
+

doh, sorry.

Is this one on there?  I get this error when removing a theme. "Database error, given array of string values is empty. (query_where)"  I disabled it, then clicked the remove button.

Made copy of default theme, disabled it, then removed it resulted in the above error. It did remove the theme from the server which is good, but I think it's messed the database up, as the error are on various pages such as, Manage and Install - Theme Settings - Modify Themes.

Type of error: Critical
Database error, given array of string values is empty. (query_where)
Function: get_all_themes
action=admin;area=theme;sa=admin;b6e7898=59b54fcfe197969245a94efa68677eb8
File: htdocs/smf2.16/Sources/Subs-Themes.php
Line: 140



Arantor on December 20, 2013, 05:09:32 PM said
Well, you can always search the list of open issues ;) But no, I don't think that one is in there already.
maxg on December 25, 2013, 08:44:03 AM said
Thank you for the update Arantor! and for all the hard and time consuming work... I'll be continuing on the theme testing very soon again, starting to get the hang of the Alpha and in many ways I find it very interesting.
I know it can be trying, All the things everyone wants and what really needs to be done to keep it going and going securely and bug free. But looking at it objectively and yet no involved, I can say to those that are involve, all the best and that you for what you are doing and have done, to keep things going>!

regards,
Maxx
GravuTrad on December 26, 2013, 04:31:36 PM said
Super job! Thanks to all!
Bigguy on December 26, 2013, 06:02:01 PM said
I've been playing with it for awhile and it just keeps gettin better. :)
Xarcell on December 31, 2013, 09:18:23 PM said
I've been monitoring progress on 2.1 daily, and the amount of contributions made in the past 2 months have been INSANE. I know Arantor has been contributing daily with massive amount tweaks, bug fixes, and improvements.

Kudos to everyone who has been contributing and helping make SMF the best again.
Arantor on December 31, 2013, 09:21:19 PM said
Thanks Xarcell :)

Anyone who's curious and wants to see the progress on a sort of daily basis/timeline thing... https://github.com/SimpleMachines/SMF2.1/commits/release-2.1 shows it all. It's been crazy. 2014 is going to be an interesting year for SMF.
xrunner on December 31, 2013, 09:26:20 PM said
Quote from: Arantor Beeblebrox the First link=topic=515977.msg3652216#msg3652216
It's been crazy. 2014 is going to be an interesting year for SMF.

Thanks Arantor - you Powerslave.  ;)
JBlaze on December 31, 2013, 09:28:41 PM said
It's so exciting to really see how SMF is changing and improving as of late. To be honest, it wasn't long ago that I had thought SMF had reached the peak of its greatness, and decided to move on to other software. These developments have renewed my hope in SMF once again competing with the top forum software like it used to.

Good job, folks. Keep it up!
Arantor on December 31, 2013, 09:32:56 PM said
In honour of the new year I even changed my avatar, how cool is that? ;D

@JBlaze Oh yes, that's certainly the feeling here too. But remember it's always darkest before the dawn.
xrunner on December 31, 2013, 09:52:43 PM said
In honour of the new year I even changed my avatar, how cool is that? ;D

Cookie Powerslave?  :o
Arantor on December 31, 2013, 09:53:48 PM said
That's not Cookie Monster. That's Oscar the Grouch ;D
xrunner on December 31, 2013, 10:00:04 PM said
That's not Cookie Monster. That's Oscar the Grouch ;D

Ah of course. Very fitting!  :)
Arantor on December 31, 2013, 10:01:12 PM said
I thought so :P
xrunner on December 31, 2013, 10:14:04 PM said
I thought so :P

Ha - well in any case - Happy New Year Arantor! May it be the best yet.  8)
Arantor on December 31, 2013, 10:15:29 PM said
The best is yet to be.
JBlaze on January 01, 2014, 02:30:30 AM said
@JBlaze Oh yes, that's certainly the feeling here too. But remember it's always darkest before the dawn.

Well, it's certainly getting brighter around here :)
maxg on January 01, 2014, 08:49:14 AM said
That's not Cookie Monster. That's Oscar the Grouch ;D

Cool.... better to Grouch! If you hold it in it will eat all cookies inside, no more grouch no more normal... let it out feel better! ( slowly) hold in and explode!

Thanks for all the hard work to all here and have a great year!
mint on January 01, 2014, 04:40:00 PM said
I can't wait to be lazy and just click like on these posts.
Arantor on January 01, 2014, 04:40:33 PM said
*like*
kat on January 02, 2014, 08:04:48 AM said
I'd like one that posted...

xrunner on January 02, 2014, 06:04:54 PM said
In addition to a "Like" button, I'd like an "Apathetic" one also.
Arantor on January 02, 2014, 06:08:55 PM said
Not going to happen, sorry.
xrunner on January 02, 2014, 06:16:28 PM said
Not going to happen, sorry.

Well it never hurts to ask ... unless you're asking for a kick in the shins. Then it would hurt to ask.  :)
Arantor on January 02, 2014, 06:22:07 PM said
Only if the person gives it to you ;)
xrunner on January 02, 2014, 06:24:01 PM said
Only if the person gives it to you ;)

Haha - right. :)
PhuriousGeorge on January 07, 2014, 01:39:35 AM said
Just read through a years' worth of dev blog and I have to say I'm excited to test 2.1 and it's changes. Will have to wait to install until tomorrow evening, gives me something to look forward to. I've been up way to long as it is.  :-\