- Jan 1, 2004
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Matt Mecham Revolutions!
Matt Mecham Revolutions!
Read more about this article here...Unless you're living under a rock, you know that IPS has released IPB 3, and that it's a huge success with IPB users. In fact, it's so good that the support staff over at IPS are working overtime to convert forums running on other forum software products over to IPB. Let's hear what Matt has to say about it in our third interview with the Creator of the Invision Power Board.
IPB 3 looks to be completely rewritten from the ground up, with so
many improvements and new features I can't even begin to list them
all. How much work has gone into it?
It's incredibly hard to communicate just how much work has gone into
IP.Board 3.0 since I started working on prototypes back in February
last year. It's astonishing when you compare it to 2.3.6 in just how
different it is. The first design goal was to strip it down to a
framework that supported applications. That way we can swap out
applications or upgrade them independently of each other. This has
proved to be very successful. Modification authors enjoy the same
extensibility that we have. It also means the administrator can choose
to shut off applications or modules, like the calendar. Doing so
removes it completely from the front-end without the need for changing
settings or making skin edits. It really is a powerful system.
It has been a real team effort too. Brandon, Josh and Rikki have all
poured countless hours into the project. It is a big step up for us
not only in terms of production but also in collaboration and
communication both internally and externally. We've changed how we
communicate and organize as a team. We have also been very open with
development since the preview board went live at the end of 2008. The
feedback from customers has been vital in shaping the final product.
How is the development process going?
It's going very well. At the time of writing IP.Board 3.0 has been out
for a few months and we're putting the finishing touches on 3.0.3
which addresses most of the issues reported so far. As one would
expect, a new release with so much new code is bound to generate a lot
of initial bug reports. We've had far less than we expected which
vindicates our decision to test as thoroughly as possible before
releasing the 'final' version. Our immediate plans are to continue bug
fixing and improving based on the feedback we've been...
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