Matt Mecham Revolutions!

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The Sandman

Jan 1, 2004
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Matt Mecham Revolutions!

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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Mar 12, 2009
Great article and good read.

I can attest to the hard work and greatness of IPB 3. Its totally different than IPB 2 and anyone who didn't like IPB 2 line-up, You're missing out if you don't at least try and check out all the improvements of IPB 3.

Great work, and awesome article
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Jan 1, 2004
If you have any questions for Matt, post them here. I can't make any promises, but there's a chance he'll pop in and answer some. :)


Aug 22, 2009
Awesome interview, these are really helping new industry people and giving them a good motivation to move in every type of environment. Anyways thanks for conducting great interview.


loving life
Jan 2, 2006
Matt is a great guy, I've had the pleasure of chatting with him on Twitter.
Definitely a different approve to interacting with the community compared to vBulletin.
I have an IPB site up now just to play around with and I'm starting to like it more then vB and I've been using vBulletin for several years :O


⚧ Jacquii: Kween of Hearts ⚧
Jul 9, 2006
... I'm starting to like it more then vB and I've been using vBulletin for several years :O
Oh. Em. Gee. ((GASP!))
Starting to like IPB more than vB? Really? Okay - might have to check out IPB - but yeah - I've heard that Matt is a pretty kewl dude and not only that, but approachable and personable.

In comparison - vB hierarchy is like a grand old battleship you can only see from afar, unless you pay the high-dollar ticket price for the 45 minute tour.

That's probably a horrid analogy LMAO