I’ve begun working on a major update of RocketReviews.com. The main goal of the upgrade is very general – to make things work better.
I’ve adopted the Invision Power Services Community Suite (IPS) as the basis for the new version of RocketReviews.com. The IPS architecture is similar to the one I developed for the existing RocketReviews.com web site. Like the architecture I developed, IPS makes it easy to expand the site by adding new features (IPS calls them “applications” and “modules”) on top of the existing framework. IPS’s architecture, though is more robust and capable than the one I developed.
In addition to providing a framework for custom functionality, IPS ships with a number of full-feature applications including a discussion forum, an image gallery, a blog, and a chat application. IPS implements hooks allowing the existing application and custom ones added later to work together.
I’ve installed IPS at Community.RocketReviews.com. You can log into the
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Just a quick update on the status of the RocketReviews.com web site ….
I’ve been fighting back-to-back colds or the flu since Christmas and it’s caused me to fall behind in doing things like posting reviews that have been submitted and in answering emails. I’m working on catching up now. I apologize for the delay in publishing reviews that have been submitted. There are about a half-dozen in the queue right now.
The site’s Rocksim and OpenRocket Libraries currently have some problems. When I added the OpenRocket Library, I based it on the existing Rocksim Library and I discovered a problem. To fix the problem, I had to delete entries for many of the Rocksim files. The entries are being re-added over time, but some of the meta-data describing the entries is still missing. I’ll update the entries as time permits. Eventually, though, I need to revisit how the design files are stored and indexed.
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A few days ago, the server on which RocketReviews.com and other sites are hosted crashed. Since I was already in the process of moving to a new server, I decided it was better to get RocketReviews.com working on the new server than to give CPR to the old server.
The new server is a dedicated computer which is much faster than the old one. It also runs newer versions of the web server, database, and other software. This made it challenging to transfer RocketReviews.com to the new server. But, after a few days with little sleep, I have RocketReviews.com up and running on the new server.
Since moving the site to the new server, a few problems have been discovered and corrected. For example, some people were having a problem logging in over the past few days. But, I think I’ve fixed that and most of the other problems.
If you have any problems using
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RocketReviews.com is moving. But, with any luck, you won’t notice. We’re moving the web site to a new server. The current server is a few years old and one of the hard drives has started to act up. The drive hasn’t failed, but is giving “SMART” reports that indicate problems.
So, before the drive fails and causes real problems, we are taking the initiative of moving RocketReviews.com to a new web server. The transition will be made over the next couple of weeks. Once the site has been copied to the new site, the Domain Name Service records for the site will be updated and the current server will be set to redirect visitors to the new server. This should allow the transition to occur without any interruption of service or loss of information. But, it is possible that you may experience some minor problems or brief periods of time when the site is not
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It’s a minor update, but I think it adds a little class to the RocketReviews.com site ….
I added large photo to the start of Kit pages and Rocket Gallery pages. The photo displayed is selected at random from the photographs attached to the kit or rocket. If no photographs have been uploaded for the kit or rocket, the site chooses a random photograph from a flight associated with the kit or rocket or from the kit associated with the rocket.
To see an example, visit the Hawk’s Hobby Super Mark page. The picture displayed at the top of the page is one randomly selected from the flights of the rocket.