First of all we would like to welcome all new bettercoders who joined since our first update in early May!
We are online now for almost two months. We received a lot of encouragement, feedback, suggestions, and criticism. We’re working very hard to recognize, reflect and incorporate all your feedback into our planning and development efforts. But due to the fact that we are only a small team, it might take a while before everything is resolved, answered and integrated. Please be patient with us!
What’s going on?
We are still working hard on bug fixing and our open issue list is becoming shorter and shorter. Therefore we took the opportunity to make some changes and add some new features to bettercodes.org.
First competition started. With this update we want to introduce our first competition. The “Pi x 1,000” contest has started now! We have no big marketing budget left, so we need to apply other ways to inform developers all over the globe about bettercodes.org. The “Pi x 1,000” contest offers a reward to all members who recommend bettercodes.org and invite their fellow coders and developer friends to join. We received a donation of about 3,1415.92 US-Dollar which serves as the total prize for this competition. For more detailed information and registration please go to the “competitions” section. Please participate in this contest!
Free code hosting (GIT & SVN). We added a free-of-charge code hosting. This can be used from all development projects within bettercodes.org. All project leaders have the freedom of choice to select between SVN and GIT as their preferred code hosting solution. All repositories are hosted in the backend of the Amazon Web Service in their Simple Storage Solutions (S3). They provide 99.999999999% reliability of your data and nothing will ever get lost. We connected this solution with our web server (Amazon Instances with backup ECB) so you can login into your repositories with your bettercodes.org credentials. Your changes are handed over to the S3 on a secure connection. For the future it would also be possible to add additional code hosting solutions. Please let us know what you would like to see.
Now we are an official BuddyPress showcase. As you may know we use BuddyPress, a social network spin-off of WordPress, for dedicated parts of bettercodes.org. We are proud that bettercodes.org is now an official showcase for BuddyPress and we are happy to contribute our enhancements and add-ons to our friends from WordPress and BuddyPress community. This is the judgment, why bettercodes.org is a showcase : “Bettercodes.org is a well-designed and well-implemented use of BuddyPress that is popular and growing.”
…and what’s coming up?
We know that many of you are keen to get access to our source code and start to contribute new ideas and new features to bettercodes.org. We are working hard on documenting, cleaning and optimizing our source code. We are confident to provide our source code to you in the upcoming weeks.
We are also working on a new navigation concept for bettercodes.org. The main idea behind this is to provide direct and quick access to all relevant information, areas and features. Moreover this new navigation concept is the first step into an evolution path. The platform will grow in the future and become more and more complex. We currently think about an individual navigation that every member can customize the whole navigation bar based on their preferences.