Hello 2011!

Okay… where to start. The year changed. Gosh, that went fast. I can remember me writing tons of stuff and assembling the DevTeam 12 months back like it was yesterday. Obviously we didn’t make it in 2010 like originally planned, but the CoolBasic Classic project continues still. Actually, I just went ahead and changed the year from 2010 to 2011 on coolbasic.com (…and yes, it’s a common joke amongst project managers that deadlines should indicate month, but intentionally leave the year unspecified 🙂 ). I’ve been a little slacky the past few weeks, I admit, but it’s been hectic at work and other members of the Team have had all kinds of stuff going on in their lives (who wouldn’t). It being a year now, the DevTeam members’ contracts are closing to an end soon, naturally. This means it’s time for a round of renewals! That being said, few people are leaving their duties due to a number of things, but the majority has expressed their interest of continuing in the Team. And that’s great! For now, we have decided not to open new positions, and will recruit more only when needed – who knows, perhaps some of the original members will make a come-back. The organization structure is going to change a little bit, and details will be published later.

So what’s been done since last time… well, most of it has been management oriented. I feel it’s most convinient for you if I just list the things:

  • We have explored alternatives to SVN version control, like Mercurial
  • We actually purchased a Virtual Server for web hosting
  • We now have domain coolbasic.fi (and it’s already operational on the Virtual Server)
  • We have configured PHP and MySQL databases
  • We have explored ways to use LDAP authentication services
  • We have explored ways to improve forum experience through measures in order to shut down spam
  • The PureBasic accounts have been terminated since we now use other tools

The web host isn’t fully configured yet, but we’re working on it. When that’s done, we can set up a true testing environment for web developing (full copy of the portal, forums, everything).

I saved some money for not having to purchase a new set of PureBasic one-year licenses, but then again… I did purchase the Virtual Server, and it costs roughly the same. No gain there. In addition, I just recently purchased a license of Resharper which was around 200 €. I use it together with StyleCop at work, so I’m quite used to it. Coding without these essential tools feels somehow awfully wrong nowadays. Resharper is an extension for Visual Studio that provides advanced code analysis and refactoring tools that will help you write better code that is styled and constructed according to “best practises”. It helps to improve code readability and maintainability, and overall I think the gain is notable. I’ll be spending at least a few days refactoring my existing code now…

Fortunate me, I’ve had a chance to experiment some of my compiler specific ideas at work as well (I’m working on a project where I am able to use this expertise of mine), so even though not much code have been added to the CBC compiler project for the past 2 months, I, in fact, have done something useful that will help me achieve my goal in the CoolBasic project (I proved some techniques and theories work in practise).

Until next time…

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