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[Sticky] About eFiction 5, and why it's #5

Sheepcontrol
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Cheers,

I'll use this topic to clear up some questions people may have about the reasons for this major version leap, how it came to be and all that.

Where did it start:

To be honest, what is currently in the works as eFiction 5 was not supposed to be any eFiction whatever, it started when eF was still alive, because frankly, there were a lot of things I was unhappy with, beside the lack of major updates.
So I decided to start a fanfic management system of my own - well, my wife decided I should, so blame her - called phpFiction. Very inventive name, I know. Then, we got the call that efiction.org was about to expire, and a new owner/manager was needed. Since full world domination has to start somewhere, we decided to start by dominating the world's fanfiction scene.

What happened to #4
eFiction 4.0 was under developement by Tammy, but apparently abandoned at some point, last activity was June 2011  :omg:
Since we didn't recycle any of the code, we decided to skip this number. Also, MS-DOS 4 was pretty bad, so maybe unlucky number.

Where are we now?
Well, this is subject to constant change, but I'll give an impression of where the project was when it became eF5:

I decided to start pretty close to the database structure of ef3.x, focusing on the ease of update.
So along with the developement of the script was a constant development of the conversion tool (now better called updater).

Table count has gone up a bit, lot of stuff was moved to relational tables, allowing for faster search by story properties.

Story reading/browsing is at about 90%.
The UCP (user control panel) is pretty well on it's way, so far you can add and edit stories, adjust privacy settings for your favourites, bookmarks.
The PM system is about half way done.

The next steps:
The temple system is counter-intuitive beyond description, so this is the main thing being worked on right now.
Un-messing the code.

(Status: 17.05.2014)

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Topic starter Posted : 17/05/2014 3:33 pm
Sue
 Sue
(@sue)
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I think naming it eFiction 5 is a good, sound decision. It also makes it obvious that it is a MAJOR upgrade.

Thank you again for your work.

I have a suggestion. For your development etc releases, you could go the way of Wordpress and name them after someone famous. I would suggest female characters in fiction (e.g. Hermione Granger, Buffy Summers, Kathryn Janeway (sorry, obviously biased there  😳 ).

Your first release could be eFiction 5.0 Buffy Summers etc.

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Posted : 18/05/2014 1:07 am
Sheepcontrol
(@sheepcontrol)
Member Admin

Well, it's surely not gonna be Janeway, because "Lost in Space". Maybe Buffy, because clueless, but gets it done in the end.

Feels more like Rupert Giles, honestly, because even more clueless, but survives with help from friends 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : 18/05/2014 1:33 am
babaca
(@babaca)
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It's a funny. But all this is almost invigorating me into wanting to write again. Heck just playing with Nadia's skins and seeing the responsive skins work on phones and tablets has go my mojo humming. I can't wait to start using the new iteration of eFiction.

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Mucking around in eFiction since circa 2001 (ver. 1.0)
Now running v.3

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Posted : 05/06/2014 7:06 pm
banshee
(@banshee)
Member Admin

I have a suggestion. For your development etc releases, you could go the way of Wordpress and name them after someone famous. I would suggest female characters in fiction (e.g. Hermione Granger, Buffy Summers, Kathryn Janeway (sorry, obviously biased there  😳 ).

Your first release could be eFiction 5.0 Buffy Summers etc.

Coming late to the party here, but I LOVE this idea. Especially since fanfiction is all about the fandoms!

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Posted : 11/08/2014 7:18 am
erceyazici
(@erceyazici)
Active Member

Hello Sheepcontrol, I wanted to know if you still had been developing efiction 5?

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Posted : 15/06/2015 12:39 am
FP And
(@fp-and)
Active Member

Hello Sheepcontrol, I wanted to know if you still had been developing efiction 5?

It's a good question!! I want to know too!  😀

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Posted : 17/06/2015 12:23 am
Sheepcontrol
(@sheepcontrol)
Member Admin

Just been answered in the status report 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : 17/06/2015 12:24 am
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