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Re: Updates and upgrades for 2.0

by fiammybe on 12-2-2023 2:33:32

I hadn't considered all those points when going for the news module. At the time, Madfish was still actively developing his modules, and his modules were based on the last version of IPF, so it seemed like a given to integrate modules that were built on the most recent best practices.


Re: Updates and upgrades for 2.0

by skenow on 6-2-2023 21:01:36

I think it's OK that we have more than one option for a type of module, that's been part of our heritage and what fuels the OSS community. There have always been multiple options for various types of content - news, blogs, galleries, downloads, links, calendars. The same is true in other environments, too - WordPress, Drupal, XOOPS.

The choices are also available in other markets - Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), or Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides)? Or, LibreOffice? Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet?

For me, it is the least amount of resistance to move forward. News from InstantZero is much more mature, robust, and feature rich than any other news module available. It does things - and I use them - that no other similar module does. The news module we use here is based on IPF and needs another module to create and manage categories (a good thing, actually, from a site management perspective). So does imBlogging - but it uses a different category/tag module. SmartSection had even more features - allowing a preview of an article, but viewing the entire article required another level of authentication, if you chose to do that. I'm not going to wait until one module can do it all. I don't think one module should do it all.

We can't create and support all the variations webmasters will demand, nor should we have to. That is why the marketplace exists.

The key at this point - what do we do with the core, and how does that affect the marketplace? Once I know what to aim for in module compatibility, I know what to do with my sites and the modules they use.


Re: Updates and upgrades for 2.0

by fiammybe on 6-2-2023 14:02:41

Totally agree. I've been going through some problematic libraries for PHP 8.0 and I'm updating them one by one. But I don't know if @skenow wants to wait for all those upgrades before launching the new 2.0 release into the wild.

I still need to clean up PR #1397  before it can be merged. That's going to be done right after.


Re: Updates and upgrades for 2.0

by MekDrop on 6-2-2023 2:00:14

I think right now is not a good time to merge these two modules. They are written in different code styles - one is IPF another not. Right now these modules are needed just for testing. Faster icms release is better.


Re: Updates and upgrades for 2.0

by skenow on 4-2-2023 9:33:49

I have sites where I use both, and could probably merge them into a single module with some thought to the navigation changes. One for reporting events and activities, the other more for conversation, ideas, and opinions.

The news module I've been using is the one from InstantZero and it has the ability to manage submit, approve, and viewing based on groups and topic (category). It also has the ability to expire articles and move them to the 'archive', which I like. That's a lot to try and build into another module, along with bringing it up to the latest ImpressCMS, PHP, and MySQL versions. I'm open to it, though.