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developing a perl BB

by stonecolddevin (Vicar)
on Nov 16, 2005 at 08:49 UTC ( #508950=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

UPDATE: idk how many people actually look at this thread anymore, but i've been doing some work and have something up here: if you'd like to check it out.
Hi gang,

Move this as needed, I couldn't think of any other places to put this.
I'd like to start by saying forgive any less than thought through ideas right's late and i just wanted to get this out on the table.

Perl is becoming quite an "obsession" with me, and I've begun to really want to focus on developing a nice message board to compete with the likes of phpbb and other such freeware message boards. I'm looking for a group that would be interested in lending their skills to develop code and design for such a board, nothing serious, just a fun little project that would put perl on the map with message boards (E-Blah doesn't count. it sucks).

Any takers? Either reply to this or email me at devin dot austin at gmail dot com

Thanks in advance! :-D

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Re: developing perlBB
by EvdB (Deacon) on Nov 16, 2005 at 10:52 UTC

    If you want to kick start it all please take a look at It is at the moment a fairly basic forum but it has some nice touches like policies and so on. It is still in development so there is plenty of work to do : )

    It is based on Catalyst and does the database side using Class::DBI::DFV (which got pushed to CPAN yesterday). It currently requires a PostgreSQL database, but that should be quite easy to set up. I need to write a guide to installing it - I'll do that in the next few days. The templating is done using HTML::Mason and it is fully internationalised. When it is ready I was going to put it on CPAN.

    If you're interested let me know.

      Very nice, you may want to share that with the Catalyst Mailing-List, i'm sure there is much interest in a forum!
Re: developing perlBB
by dorward (Curate) on Nov 16, 2005 at 10:01 UTC

    I suggest starting a project somewhere with SVN (or CVS) and a mailing list (maybe SourceForge, but I can't say I like their UI). That way interested parties can see how the project is progressing without feeling like they've made a commitment to help out.

Re: developing perlBB
by b10m (Vicar) on Nov 16, 2005 at 20:57 UTC

    I can see why you'd want to compete with phpbb and why it can't be too hard: phpbb plainly sucks. But please-oh-please don't follow the idiotic project naming of the php community by prefixing everything with 'php', or 'perl' in this case.

    One thing I find curious though, is that Perl seems to be your "obsession" and you want to compete with phpbb (which is hyped to extremes), yet it'll be "nothing serious, just a fun little project that would put perl on the map with message boards". I don't see how that'd work out. As for programmers, look at or the likes.

    Couple of suggestions for your message board:

    • Give the user the option to view the threads in ermm a threaded way (kinda like Perlmonks). Makes reading easier, IMHO.
    • Don't bother creating a "memberlist" that any bot can harvest anyone can see.

    Besides that, go work! ;)


    All code is usually tested, but rarely trusted.
      Perl is definitely a passion, but I said that I wanted it to be a fun project to at least start with, I don't want anyone to have to commit until we have something concrete and with an ability to compete. Obviously I'd like this to get on a scale with commercial bulletin boards, but that's not realistic to start a project with the mentallity that it's going commercial right away.
Re: developing a perl BB
by wazoox (Prior) on Nov 18, 2005 at 12:36 UTC
    Just out of curiosity : why does E-Blah sucks ? (I didn't even know it exists before you mention it, just wondering).
      well if you haven't, go to the website check out the source code. no strict, no declared variables, no use of, no warnings or taint check...and that's just at a glance...
        I just checked... Well, it does use actually. However, "no strict" in such a big project is unforgivable. And the code is very perl4 style, but it was started in 2001, not 1995... Too bad.

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