December 13, 2019
So it's been longer than
I'd have liked between updates since real life has caught up, but I'm
still working on this intermittently. Post connections are now
functional at a basic level, so I can probably say that this site is
now fundamentally operational.
The two major things now are implementing a hover-to-view on post
connections and implementing an auto-update. I'm sort of dreading
these since I think they'll both require some major code rewriting,
but both are probably really necessary to get the UE up to snuff. Once
these are done I'll feel more comfortable fixing up the non-functional
things, like adding the logo and tinkering with some visuals and
making this dev log look nicer.
Also, I've set up the site email to be just
[my_alias]@[this_site].org. Very exciting!
July 6, 2019
Happy one month, lads.
Posting is now operational and more or less bug-free, as far as I
know. We're now basically a shitty glorified IRC that you have to
constantly refresh, but I think that's enough for me to finally be
able to give a genuine to-do list going forward:
-Get post connections working and make navigating them as intuitive as
possible. This will probably have to include some sort of hover-to-view
-Figure out how to trim posts. I figure it'll be based on either time or
a maximum number of posts, with direct connections being treated as a
bump, but it's hard to tell what would be optimal with no activity.
-Let users have different ways of sorting posts. Right now they're
sorted by new like a chat feed; I'm thinking of adding sorting by number
of connections and also only picking out posts with no initial
connections. Maybe more options if I come up with some.
-Add the "About" and "Rules" pages, and clean up this dev log so it
looks a little nicer.
-Tidy up some of the little markup issues.
-Add the site logo and maybe a banner image.
-Make the post box draggable.
-Display site statistics somewhere.
-Let images be attached to posts.
-A bit of a pipe dream, but at some point I'd like to have some sort of
non-linear visual that shows all the posts and connections like a graph.
Hopefully I haven't missed
anything. My conceptualization is that "high priority" is just what's
needed to complete functionality and "mid priority" is what's needed
before I'd consider the site publishable. Wouldn't it be great if I
ever seriously got to "low priority."
June 17, 2019
So there's more or less what
I imagine the site looking like. Not spectacularly original, I guess,
but whatever. It suits my needs. There's still a few bits to be added
or tweaked, but I think all the necessary functional pieces are here.
Next step then would be to actually make the "Post" button functional.
That entails having the user actually be able to type up and submit a
response, having that response appear in preview on the left, and then
being able to click it to see it in full on the right.
"Left-post" and "Right-post" are really awful terms to use, by the
way. Not catchy at all. They're just the labels I gave in the HTML.
June 12, 2019
Welcome to Noder!
This is up to now my most ambitious and also my first web development
project, so "snail's pace" will probably be an understatement. Really
it'll be an absolute miracle if this ever turns into anything even
approaching usable, so don't hold your breath.
For completeness's sake, this domain name and server space were
purchased June 6, and this site went online June 11 in the sense that
the domain address returned anything other than an error message.
There's so much to do it'd be almost pointless to give a dev to-do
list right now, but I guess the next big step would be to throw some
CSS around and draft the static site layout.
For now, you can contact me via amphynoder@******mail.com, where
****** is two ups and a down.
-Amphy, site administrator