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Developing a Perl Bulleting Board, part 2

by stonecolddevin (Vicar)
on Oct 03, 2006 at 07:41 UTC ( #576005=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
stonecolddevin has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi monks,

(pardon the sloppiness, I'm very tired but had to get this off my chest.)

I've posted on this before, and I feel it's time I posted once more as the project has, say, "grown up".

Currently, I've got a bit of code thrown together at (more recent code is actually up on my personal board: . Using CGI::Application, CGI::Application::Plugin::Session (having issues with this...), HTML::Template, and DBIx::Class, (not including non-functional form validation and data untainting stuff), and with those modules alone, I think this thing could go all the way. DBIx::Class is by far the best ORM I've used to date, and it seems like I can do anything databasewise with a little patience. I've got some things that are needing fixing (CSS rendering consistency, data validation, checking for duplicate posts, reply counts, etc.), which are for the most part a nuisance until I get them fixed.

What I'm coming here to ask today is, what kind of features should I employ? I've got a list going on the link above scattered randomly through out posts, but I want some input from the perl community. I know there's not much there as it stands, but I'd like some neat features to tack on that would maybe get it a step ahead of other popular boards by not only looks but convenience and speed...Obviously one would want a port of this to PostgreSQL, Sqlite, Berkeley_DB, and have a choice between them all, along with great configurability (what gets configured though? besides looks, backend set up, allowing users to customize pages, errors, etc.), skinning, updates, downloadable plugins ("post 2 html" kind of deal, aka turning a post and all it's threads into static HTML files for example), intuitive and innovative search abilities, along with technical things that I can't yet grok (creating numbered pages, I've got pagination down, but I'd like to do something like "page: 1 2 3 4 5 > last page").

I'll cut this off before i get too longwinded ;-).

If anyone can help me and lend some ideas, I'd be greatful. I'm finding i'm able to code almost anything with a little bit of help, so just throw out the idea and it'll most likely be implemented.

Thanks in advance!


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Re: Developing a Perl Bulleting Board, part 2
by diotalevi (Canon) on Oct 03, 2006 at 18:49 UTC

    Why are you reimplementing Catalyst/Jifty/Rails and then building an app ontop of your new stack? That sounds like a waste of time. Build your app ontop of an existing stack or have a good reason to make your own.

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Re: Developing a Perl Bulleting Board, part 2
by jdporter (Canon) on Oct 03, 2006 at 18:58 UTC

    Look at all the features of existing forum software, such as bbBoard, and implement the good ones.

    We're building the house of the future together.

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