I had really hoped that Sandbox would see new life when ownership of the domain and it’s assets changed hands (see Scott Wallick’s post on offering plaintxt.org for sale). The link to the posting on plaintxt.org no longer exists, apparently the new owner deleted the original post.
There hadn’t been any posts on plaintxt.org or sndbx.org in a long time. There was a small amount of traffic in the Sandbox Forum but nothing substantial. I really like the simplicity of the Sandbox theme and gone ahead and used it on a couple projects even though it hadn’t been updated in a while. I figured with new ownership, it was bound to start again at some point.
Maybe I was wrong? I don’t know. I have been thinking of revisiting my Soccer theme since after using it for the CASL Ambassadors over the summer, I found a few minor issues with it. As I thought about updating it I kept thinking I should switch to a framework actively being worked (e.g. the Carrington theme?). So I went back and took a look at the PlainTxt blog and what do you know? A post! A minor security update was added to the Sandbox theme back in July. Was development active again? Poking around it appears that no, not really. Scott Wallick had made the change not the new owner who ever that is. Other than a couple comments asking the same questions I was pondering (has development started again?)( there wasn’t anything else. Bummer.
Now what to do? Continue? Fork? Pack up and move on? Decisions, decisions …
I’ve got stuff spread all over the place and don’t have any one single location where I have everything collected in one spot. Pictures on Flickr, nonsense on Facebook, posts on NCLTC or NCLUG, my Swim Team Plugin project … lots of stuff.
Recently I was listening to a WordPress podcast and heard a mention of a WordPress LifeStream plugin which sounded interesting. Today I downloaded it and checked it out. If does seem to allow setting up a whole slew of feeds into WordPress which is pretty much what I was looking for. We’ll see how it goes.
Right now I have sticky post pinned to the top of this site – I suspect anything below it will be overshadowed although I don’t expect to post a lot to this site directly. It is more of an attempt to aggregate all of the other stuff I do in one place.
I haven’t posted much but I have been working on wp-SwimTeam off and on now that the MacDolphins summer season is over. I haven’t released anything yet but I’ve made some significant improvements.
Improvements have been made to the Opt-In/Opt-Out process to make it much less confusing. The Opt-In/Opt-Out form is now smarter, only presenting the list of strokes to the user when a Partial Opt-In/Opt-Out is selected. The ability to Opt-In/Opt-Out has also been added to the “My Swimmers” tab to make it easier to find.
I’ve also added a new option to control what happens when end users login to a site running wp-SwimTeam. For most users, landing on the WordPress Dashboard page is confusing. They don’t care about 99% of the stuff presented to them nor should they. The plugin now allows definition of a login redirect so the user can be sent to either the home page or the Swim Team Overview (which is what I expect to use most of the time) page. Landing on the Swim Team Overview page makes the most sense for most users since when they login, they are most likely doing some level of interaction with the swim team functionality.
Results import is still in progress, the other two areas mentioned above are complete. At this point importing results does little more than perform a first pass validation that the supplied file is indeed a SDIF results file. Now that I have the uploading and validation complete, I need to work on the data model to store results. Results will be connected to swimmers and meets and events. Since a new table will be created, results will change the database version when it is released.
Initially I expect to simply report results from a meet and be able to look at results for any given swimmer. Longer term I want to use Open Flash Chart to plot results on a per swimmer basis over the course of a season or possibly several seasons. I don’t expect to get to this until much later this year though.
I am still working with WordPress 2.7.1 in my development environment. I haven’t even tried 2.8.4 yet so I have no idea what the impact is. I will likely do so once I am done with the results.