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Preparing the ImpressCMS Developer Challenge 2011

With ImpressCMS 1.3 RC2 planned for this week or the next, things are also being worked out on our first ImpressCMS Developer Challenge. This is a big deal for us, both because this is the first contest we organise, and also because it should give us quite a bit of visibility in communities where we weren’t present until now.

On such occasions, it’s a good idea to inspire yourself on similar contests. Let’s not re-invent the wheel. During my quest for coding competitions, I came accross one that was of particular interest to me : the PHP on Azure contest. Two reasons : it’s a PHP coding contest, and it was organized in my region (Belgium).

I contacted the PHPBenelux organisation, and they agreed to assist in making the ImpressCMS Developer Challenge a big success! Thanks guys.

WordPress plugins get stamp of approval

It simply had to happen, with more than 6000 plugins on the official Extend site: the WordPress main developers are considering a way to lead the users of the popular blogging platform to the best-in-class plugins.

The plugins would be developed by the community, but there will be a specific category indicating that they are considered best-in-class, and that the compatibility with a new release is guaranteed.

The risk with this type of presentation is that the users will limit themselves to those best-in-class plugins, and that many developers Continue reading WordPress plugins get stamp of approval

Building an art website in Xoops

It must have been one of those days…

It was one of those days I must have felt a bit overconfident. When you read why I think so, I’m sure you’ll all agree. Surfing on the forums of the GarageGames web site, I came across some posts by artists that wanted to share their work with the world. To do that, they were using free hosting sites, among them GeoCities, that impose restrictions on the daily amount of data your site sends over the network. I can understand the GeoCities decision, as they don’t want to host half of the world’s pirated software on free sites. Limiting the distribution of files in this way is a very efficient way for GeoCities, but it kind of limits the usefulness of the service for people wanting to distribute their assets.

I recently changed hosting company, and they provide me with next to unlimited storage space, and tens of gigabytes of data traffic each month. At the moment, my usage doesn’t even come up to 0,1 percent. One could state I still have some capacity left. So, I decided to contact some people and propose them to host their files, and to build a site around it. I figured it would take me a few hours and I would be done.

Oh boy, was I wrong…

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