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The Geek 06-24-2006 08:36 PM

GARS 2.0 RC 1.5 Discussion
I have released an interim RC build to address all open issues before I head out of town for 10 days.

I have also left RC1 up just in case there are any showstoppers with RC 1.5 (which I seriously doubt).

This release has a few easter eggs in it which are not overly obvious as I haven't finished hooking everything up. Basically my last step before code clean up, phrasing and documentation is in standardizing an expanded set of types and modules.

Few people seldom realize the true potential of GARS because they limit it to articles and reviews. Therefore I have taken it upon myself to introduce a few more types to get peoples creative juices flowing.
Though these types are not completely finished and though you would need to manually hook them up, they are as follows:
  1. Manual type for doing on-line manuals, knowledge bases, etc...
  2. Recipe type for the odd group of people who are constantly requesting Recipe modules
  3. Link directory to create a... well... a link directory (more on this in a second)
  4. Release set for those who like the release add on, I am rolling it into the standard feature set.
  5. Potentially a couple more which I cant tell you about without killing you and since that is difficult to do while I'm away, Ill just skip over telling you ;)
A lot of the plumbing for these type is already in (especially the release set and link directory).

Though I haven't finished tempting and enhancing the link directory side of things, its (for the most part) functioning here. The only thing to do there is to add a couple of buttons so its more intuitive to go to the site or discuss it (right now I think the only way to go to the site is by clicking the icon). The cool thing about it is the icon is that it's automatically generated using net services like girafa (heres a hint, you can try the service by putting in the snap.php module settings. Just be aware you would need to register for their service if you were going to use it over at
Go on and try it. You put in the URL for your site and it will generate the thumb for you.

The release system has been most of the way folded into the core package now, you can check it out in pretty much any of the add on forums.

Anyhoo, like I said, I'm off for about 10 days. I may be able to pop in here and there, however I'm not banking on it and as such, neither should you :)

I was hoping to get some tutorials together on setting up the link directory, but frankly I ran out of time. Those of you with some good GARS knowledge should be able to pick up the gauntlet and run with it ;)

Take care and nJoy. Ill pop in when I can.

COBRAws 06-25-2006 12:31 AM

You are the vb king!

Thanks for improving your products day by day.

Ramses 06-25-2006 12:41 AM

Anybody tried and it's ok? Thanks

attroll 06-25-2006 04:00 AM

Holly Cow, your going away for 10 days and you release it the day before you go away. That is an accident waiting to happen. I am not going to touch this until I hear from several people that the update went well or until you come back.

gothic 06-25-2006 05:35 AM

Installed it to one of my dev machines perfectly. Am going to try and break it before firing up to the 'live' site. Will let you know.

jluerken 06-25-2006 08:39 AM


Originally Posted by gothic
Installed it to one of my dev machines perfectly. Am going to try and break it before firing up to the 'live' site. Will let you know.

Any chance to take a look on that dev installation?
I want to see some of the new features without installing RC 1.5 on my machine.

gothic 06-25-2006 09:11 AM


Originally Posted by jluerken
Any chance to take a look on that dev installation?
I want to see some of the new features without installing RC 1.5 on my machine.

hehe, sorry, I have 2 dev machines here at home that I use, none are remote I'm afraid.
As soon as I fire it up onto my site I'll let you know, probably monday evening (GMT) or tuesday morning.

defcon420 06-25-2006 09:29 AM

okay guys i'm going to give this a shot on one of the sites i'm still developing.. lt you know if i balls it up! :)

defcon420 06-25-2006 09:52 AM

okay it installed okay but it seems to be messing with my styles (LINK) .. if i use the standard style its okay but if i use a graphic style it messes it up all over the show. Lucky i didnt install to my main board because i was going to until i read these posts.
Functions seem to be working well and i'm going to test out the new links mod :)

nexia 06-25-2006 11:13 AM

i have a request.. LOL

would it be possible to make these additions of type to be modularized?

so if someone create a type of entries, we just have to download a xml file or something, and it would work without having to edit our files?

links directory
recipes book
product reviews
photo albums
personal ads
sponsors display
toplist (webring)
step-by-step manuals (each post is a step, no reply)
storytellers (each reply is a new chapter of a story)

... the new types i added are not requests but suggestions for people that would require some specific settings... i would be more than happy to build them if i can simply import/export them instead of creating files etc...

oh, yeah.... and such a list of possible types of threads make this tool the UNIVERSAL engine for vb!

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