- Published on Thursday, 28 June 2012 19:31
- Written by Mark Harding
We have a huge task for this summer - to contribute three plugins to the Elgg community. Why? Our main source of business is from the Elgg market and we want to give back to the community by providing it with quality free plugins.
So, what have we got planned? First of all we have a radical overhaul of our very popular elgg mobile plugin. The mobile market has expanded rapidly since we first released the plugin in 2010, and so has the way people use Elgg. The new plugin will be completely re-written from the ground up and be built with smart phones in mind whilst still being able to support older devices.
The next plugin we plan on reworking is the elgg notifications plugin we released a couple of years back. This was originally just an experiment and wasn't (an isn't) meant for production sites, mainly because it is a bit hacky - in fact completely hacky! However, we have seen hundreds of users taking advantage of the plugin on their sites - it is in popular demand. The plan is not to simply update this plugin for 1.8, instead it is to completely redo and rethink. Elgg 1.9 will see a new notification system but we think that that is too far away; people want something now and for 1.8.
The final plugin we have planned is a payment framework for elgg called elgg pay. This will enable an elgg site to take advantage of e-commerce, for example, charging users a monthly fee to use your site. The plugin alone will act as a mechanism for which payments can be made, accounted for etc but it really becomes powerful once other plugins extend it. A shop/store plugin could hook into the plugin with a few simple lines of code, for example.
These plugins will be on GitHub so please do contribute and test them out. We want these plugin to be as community as possible.
- Published on Sunday, 18 March 2012 16:22
- Written by Mark Harding
Today marks the release of our blog, something I've meaning to do get round to releasing for a while now. The plan for this blog is going to be to add a new post every so often to let you all know about projects we are working on, our views on current technology and also step by step tutorials for you DIY development.
I always get asked how I learn't to 'code'. The truth is, I never got taught or have even had single lesson on coding from anyone. IT at school was incredibly dull and boring and I never learnt anything from it - I often found I new more than the teacher! Anyway, I picked up coding by meddling about with Adobe Dreamweaver when I was 11. I soon found the limitations of 'drawing' out a website design and starting analysing the source code of what I was doing. This is basically how I learnt HTML (I know, the most basic of programming), simply analysing code and reproducing it. Eventually, by using trial and error, I was able to produce a pretty convincing website.