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Forum Software Beta v5

Once again for those interested:

Beta Version 5.0 of the Forum Software is available for download at - -

The forum can viewed and used at - -.  Please remember when posting on this site that, at the present time, your post is not guaranteed to stay there.  ( In fact the entire site is not guaranteed to be there. ) The site is there for you to 'play around' with the forum.  Also if you delete a post please add one to take it's place.


Some things worthy of mention:

- A  maintenance page has been added to allow deletion of whole threads or individual posts

- The search feature was upgraded to include searching by date and ordering the results.

- The Forum Software is now distributed under the GNU GPL.

- Many minor bug fixes


Code talk:

- 'Text' fields in SQL Server are still used to hold the text of a post.  This could be changed to a 'varchar' field but would then limit the size of the post.

- 'Topic' field length has been increased to 80

- Posts are now saved as HTML instead of dynamically building them each time they are displayed.

- ssw_newtopic and ssw_newreply no longer take place within transactions

- Links are now recognized with a CrLf OR Space before and after


One of the goals of this project was to create a 'plugin' type forum that operated like this one.  One where people could say, 'Hey, I like that forum!', then download it and 'plug it in' to their website by adjusting the parameters at the top of the file(s).  I think it achieves its goal to a certain extent, but could be improved upon by adding more predefined CSS templates and perhaps an installation program.  I am not familiar with how to go about writing an installation program for an asp application so if anyone has any tips, they would be greatly appreciated.

I would also like to address the many people requesting MS-Access and MySQL / PHP versions.  All I can say is that, once the ASP/SQL-Server version stabilizes, I will work on porting it to those platforms.

Dave B.
Thursday, April 24, 2003


Friday, April 25, 2003

Nice. But GOD those colors.

Leonardo Herrera
Friday, April 25, 2003

I've been very happy with Phorum - - not that it's seeing much use right now, I just set it up.

It's PHP / mySQL. It seems fast, stable, easy to use, and somewhat 'Joel on Software' like.

Mine (brand new as of 2 minutes ago) can be found here:
Saturday, April 26, 2003

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