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11/16/2003
By Simbey

Regretfully, I haven't done as much work to Simbey.com lately as I would have liked.  The last couple weeks have been spent on a conversion utility for Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny.  Although fun to write, it doesn't do anything for the website, and it didn't get me any fame at Doom World either.

Now I know no one comes here for the front page articles.  Although I apparently produced a funny read for my last installment, that's not always my intent, and it's certainly not my purpose.

You're here because you want to know what I've innovated, and as said, there hasn't been much.  The forum needs a lot of work.  The on site messaging system is barely more than a concept.  The chat server is only a concept.

It's hard being a one-man programming army especially when I still have a full-time job, and even on top of that I'm like some sort of a personal loans bank too.

Nevertheless, the end of the year is approaching, and that means I'll be looking forward to quite a bit of time off (in addition to many bad memories), and you can be sure I'll be putting that time to use on my website.

Here's a quick list of some of the things I'm going to be doing:
  • The E-Mail Server
    This one has just now moved fully into beta stage.  Last week I separated the mail relay code into two classes, one of which has now replaced redundant code in the sender validation class.  Finding ways to merge similar branches into a single path is quickly moving the project to completion.
  • The Forum
    Although functional now, the forum needs a lot of added features.  There will probably be the abilities to mark posts as private and to finalize them so no one can reply.
  • On Site Messaging
    The database already contains fields to support this, and I only need to actually write the code.  Basically, you will be able to post messages to registered users.  When you receive a message, the bar at the bottom of the page will change color and display a notification.
  • The Chat Server
    After quite a bit of thought, I have finally decided to write an IRC-based server integrated with the user system.  There may be a chat room provided on the website to interface with it later on, but my initial implementation will be aimed for users of desktop clients.  Since it will be connected to the user system, it may also tie in with the on site messaging.
The order of the projects in the list will probably be the order in which I build each.  Now if only Darren wasn't so busy with school, I know I could assign the forum to him!  :-)

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