Interview with Rickard Andersson

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Interview with Rickard Andersson

Rickard Andersson is the developer of PunBB, the free (donation based), open source (GPL) forum software which is best known for it's streamlined, efficient design. A quick browse through their website is the best way to get a feel for the speed and simplicity of PunBB. In addition, there is a great deal of documentation available for PunBB users. Let's find out more about Rickard and PunBB.

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Can you give us a brief bio?

I'm 28 years old and I live in the southern part of Sweden (Helsingborg to be exact). I share a 37 square meter apartment with my lovely girlfriend Lina. We are in the process of moving to a larger apartment so everything is a mess right now.


What is your educational background?

I have a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Lund University. That's about it.


What do you consider as your accomplishments up to this point?

Well, apart from such worldly things as finding someone with whom I would love to spend the rest of my life (</cheese>), I guess I would have to mention PunBB. I've worked on it on and off for a couple of years now and I'm very proud of it.


Any failures you'd like to tell us about?

Sure. I used to play in a band. We played together for about 7 years and had our sights set on being the next big thing (what band doesn't?). We had a bunch of gigs and later signed a recording deal with EMI. However, it never really amounted to anything. One part of me thinks it was a big waste of time and another part of me is glad I did the whole play in a band, party like it's 1999 thing back then. We did have a lot of fun and even though we ultimately were a failure as a commercial band, the guys from the band still are some of my closest friends.

Oh, also, last year I bought a Peugeot 405. That was a failure. The French are good at a lot of things, but cars are not one of them. Trust me…

What are your favorite books? Movies? Music? Games? Foods? Beverages?

My attention span is that of a 12-year-old and therefore I don't read a lot of books. The DaVinci Code however, I wasn't able to put down until I had finished it.

My all time favorite movie is Blade Runner.

Music? Hmm. Lately, I have found myself listening a lot to the new Kate Bush album. I never get tired of hearing her voice.

I don't have a lot of time over for playing games these days, but when I do, I...
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phoenixdown21

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Great interview!

Man, I'm an idiot. I thought punbb was some fork of phpbb all this time. D'oh!!!!

1.3 looks promising and its really interesting to hear that punbb uses strict xhtml and css. I don't think any other forum does. I'm curious to see if punbb uses as many tables as some of the other software too. /time to go download lol
 

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The Sandman said:
Tell us something about yourself that we don't already know.

I would be the worst crime witness ever. I could talk to a person for an hour and then if someone asked me if he or she had long or short hair or if they were wearing glasses, I would have no idea.
LOL, I'm glad I'm not the only one with that issue :p
 

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I actually though punBB was a port of phpBB as well, I guess I was wrong. I really like how it looks. I definetly think it has a lot of potentinal, especially for like an companies internal forum, because it isn't over fiiled with tons of features no one needs :).
 

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Great interview. Very interesting stuff. Thanks Rickard! :tiphat:
 

_| () R | Z

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we use punBB on our private forums on big-boards.com, i never heared of it before then but even though we are using an old version, it still does everything that it needs to do & we need.

also interresting to see that 2 big-boards are using punbb: http://rankings.big-boards.com/?filter=PunBB,all and notice how fast those sites load, many admins will be jealous!
 

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Good interview. I use PunBB on one forum I frequent and I like it. It's simple but very effective. I didn't realise it was using valid markup. Congrats on that alone!

1.3 sounds very promising. So much so, that I think I'll start paying more attention to the releases.
 

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phoenixdown21 said:
1.3 looks promising and its really interesting to hear that punbb uses strict xhtml and css. I don't think any other forum does.
UseBB, which is also mentioned, does so.
 

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PunBB takes pride in outputting semantically correct and valid XHTML strict markup. What this means, on top of being a nice thing to brag about, is that PunBB in general is a lot more enjoyable to people with disabilities and that it allows for heavy styling via cascading stylesheets. PunBB does not have a full-fledged template engine, but this deficiency is compensated for by the use of proper markup and CSS. We've all seen CSS Zen Garden, right?
Kudos for that. Too many websites and developers continue to take the usability of their sites/software for granted. It's amazing and very sad how many are inaccessible to those with disabilities. And let's not even talk about the markup of many. *shudder*
 

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_| () R | Z said:
we use punBB on our private forums on big-boards.com, i never heared of it before then but even though we are using an old version, it still does everything that it needs to do & we need.

also interresting to see that 2 big-boards are using punbb: http://rankings.big-boards.com/?filter=PunBB,all and notice how fast those sites load, many admins will be jealous!
But on the Big Boards site (http://www.big-boards.com/forum.php) it says TAZ hosts the Big-Boards admin forum, and TAZ uses vB. :suspect:
 

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But on the Big Boards site (http://www.big-boards.com/forum.php) it says TAZ hosts the Big-Boards admin forum, and TAZ uses vB.
Read again:
we use punBB on our private forums on big-boards.com
We use punbb for the editors discussions. And we're quite happy with it I must say (of course being very few members we don't have huger requirements, still, it's a nice and simple piece of soft).
 

DomainMagnate

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Great interview, very interesting.

Never heard of PunBB before though ;)

Lots of useful things also, for example, I think I won't buy Peugeot now, though I was considering it, thanks for an advice :)
 

CricketGod

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punbb is very usefull for light-weight forum. This is very simple forum.

THanks for interview
 

paccy

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The site is really cool....
The animation posted is really fantastic.....
 
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