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Another day, another project – Megaphone

I’ve now started a brand new coding project. It’s currently codenamed Megaphone (that may or may not be the final name :P) and here’s a quick look at what it’s hopefully going to be.

The idea stemmed from the problem that it was difficult to track story submission ideas (generally for blogs, when people send emails for things to cover). With no existing infrastructure for logging these submissions, it was difficult to keep track, see what was going on where, and whether something had been followed up or not.

So Megaphone is a database-driven web app (PHP powered, of course, as that’s all I know on the webdev front) which eases this process, by allowing submissions, listing them, tagging them, categorising them and allowing collaboration on them (comments etc.).

As always, keep up-to-date with the development effort by watching this blog (subscribe dammit!).

The code is currently in a very early stage and isn’t worth publicising yet (plus there are redundant bits of old code particularly in the sign in system that need to be flushed out), but I’m pretty sure this will end up a free/open source project. I’m guessing it will be GPL’ed when I release it, but there’s no guarantees.

Also, there are no guarantees at this stage that I will not give up this project. If some better solution appears, I may without warning cease development, so you have been warned.

Also #2 – if anyone wants to volunteer to do the theme, including the artwork and stylesheets and stuff for when I release it, then comment on this post. You’ll have to be happy for your stuff to be subject to the GPL (or whatever licence I end up choosing), but of course you will retain copyright of your contributions, so you will be able to reuse it for whatever.

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  1. Chris wrote:


    As long as you let me cheat with the icons. Dang, I hate making icons.

    Monday, November 6, 2006 at 21:40 | Permalink |
  2. Peter wrote:

    Hired :D.

    Seriously, though, thanks for volunteering. I know how busy you are with other stuff. I won’t need it themed yet, but I’m trying to build it with classes used nicely and easy CSS integration spread liberally around the generated HTML.

    Actually, I’ll get a copy of the latest build to you and everyone else BN-related via the mailing list, so you can get started if you’re keen (don’t feel obliged to, though).

    We can grab some GPL’ed icons if we GPL it. Damn I love FOSS! Free icons for all. Oooh! We could use the Tango Project icons! Pretty icons… OK I think I’ve been coding too late again… 😀

    Monday, November 6, 2006 at 21:53 | Permalink |
  3. Deathnuke wrote:

    SWEET!!! keep it up mate 😀

    Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 13:54 | Permalink |

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