Where it was set in motion

Well, everything has to start somewhere; Spark starts here. No wise statements, no entertaining jokes, no grand opening. Just a simple post to get the basic communications with the site' database working...

You might wonder why I'm continuing this seemingly worthless rant. The solution is rather simple; I need at least a couple of paragraphs with content. Basically this is so I can check if different aspects of this system work, such as the ability to strip headlines and fetch initial paragraphs. The basic stuff a publishing system needs to do...

What's to come?

Why you're actually reading this post beats me. But since you're reading it, I'm guessing you're probably more interested in this system than the average visitor. I'll reward your curiosity by letting you in on some of the short term plans I have for it. Before I continue, please note that these are just initial plans and not an official road map.

At the time of writing, all Spark really does is fetch content from a database and outputs it in a xhtml friendly format. It's based around a css framework so the output is nicely presented to the end user. Currently no back end exists; obviously creation of this is a prioritized task. Before I embark on this I hope to have a couple of standard features implemented, namely comments, trackbacks and an RSS feed of the content. My "internal" roadmap estimated that this should be ready two days ago, but times flies and I'm currently hoping to have it ready by the end of this week...

When the above described features are in place, I'll embark on two of the most obvious features I've missed from widely used CMS/weblog systems; a publishing component for contents of a more static nature and a FAQ system. During the development of these features I'll also have to integrate a file upload and management feature. Of course everything while being valid xhtml strict! So feel free to validate my work (W3C links are found at the bottom right) and don't hesitate to inform me of any glitches you might find.

Public release

At this point in the development process I plan to release Spark under some sort of freeware license, at the time of writing I haven't decided if it will be an open source variant or not. Please do note that this is just initial plans, and as such might be changed later in the development process.

Future plans beyond this point exist, but obviously won't be published now. I can however divulge that they include basic stuff such as polls and internal search functionality, as well as more advanced features such as moblogging and statistics. All this should keep me busy for a while. If nothing else, at least I got an initial post of some length...

feedback

  1. asp & db

    • Another reason for creating yet another CMS is the simple fact that I wanted a platform that was based around ASP, stores all content in a database and still utilized useful web standards such as Etag and Last Modified headers. The main reason why I'm commenting on my own post; I just needed some example data to work with...

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      • evirtus
      • on the 7th of May 2004 at 15:51
  2. Look ma - No tables...

    • Did I mention that I'm doing this without reling on tables for design purposes. Which, from time to time, becomes rather different for someone who's been using <table> for design purposes since 1997... :) Although it has been difficult and frustrating at times, latly it has been nice to link to the w3c validator...

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      • Posted by
      • evirtus
      • on the 7th of May 2004 at 18:30
  3. Special characters

    • Hopefully the following characters are correctly encoded:

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      • Posted by
      • evirtus
      • on the 8th of May 2004 at 19:37
  4. External redirects

    • A well known problem with online publishing systems, such as weblogs, is comment spamming. Often the only motivation for this is to have more sites linking to their own, mostly to improve a site's PageRank. As an additional effort to fight this, I'm forcing links to external URI's through a redirection script. If nothing else; spammers won't get the pagerank boost...

      An exeption to this is when the author is a registered user of the site. Then both external links and the website will be straight to the target without any redirection. Although at the moment registrations aren't availible... ;-)

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      • evirtus
      • on the 11th of May 2004 at 22:10
  5. Re: And so it begins... Redux!

    • For the first time online, albeit in a rather limited fashion, comments are now enabled at eVirtus!net. Although I'll probably close for new comments on this post, other (newer) posts will have commenting availible.

      Hopefully this works as intended.

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      • Posted by
      • evirtus
      • on the 7th of December 2007 at 18:56
  6. Re: And so it begins...

    • As this post have become a grounds for test the commenting functionality. Let's see if this works after we've mode to a new server...

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      • Posted by
      • evirtus
      • on the 11th of April 2008 at 05:50
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