One roof. It might be slightly leaky, and might ping nicely when the rain hits the metal, but it's all under one roof, now. At least, the blogs are.
This is the first stage of an effort to consolidate my open source projects into one big, happy family. This will be the home now for all news regarding Sprint, Bonfire, my book, Practical CodeIgniter 3, and any future projects that might fall under this umbrella. You can also expect to find new tutorials from time to time, not just about Sprint or Bonfire, but about anything related to web development and/or design, but especially CodeIgniter, since there's some pretty cool stuff coming down the road in v4 discussions that I'll want to talk about.
Built On Sprint
This blog engine, while pretty basic, is built on top of Sprint. Yes, the dog food tastes great. To make it simple to keep the post history in the repo, it was built to be 100% file-based, using Markdown formatting for the blog (just like the previous one) with some custom header info to keep categories, title, and author information, and more.
I'm sure it will grow in capabilities over time, but seems to be working pretty well for us at the moment.
Coming Soon For The Family
At the top of this site, you can see the "Family Bar". This is all part of the consolidation process. That, and the featured news section (just below the header) will make their way across all of the sites for all members of the family.
The next few stages that will be happening are as follows:
- Sprint gets a home. Currently, it's a homeless project whose only information is sitting in GitHub. We know that's sad, and probably lonely for the poor guy, too, so I'm building the project a new home. This is very close to being ready to launch.
- Documentation Hub. Current and past versions of documentation for Bonfire and Sprint will find a new online home all in one place, as part of the new documentation hub that is under development. This is using a completely rewritten documentation engine. It's using a standalone doc engine that is a mix between what Sprint has, and Daux.io that can generate static pages out of all of the docs and still keep everything searchable. It's not quite ready, but getting fairly close. Once complete, this new docs engine will find its way into both Bonfire and Sprint, replacing what is currently there.
- Bonfire gets a refresh. Bonfire's site will get a refresh to keep it matching the feel of the rest of the family. Can't have it feeling like an orphan in old rags, because it definitely is not.
- Forums get a redo. The current forums are pretty sad, I know that. I'm falling out of favor with the Vanilla, and it's really not doing us much love. I've got grand ideas about how a forum system could be created that would really rock, but we will have to wait and see if I've got the time to do that or not. If not, I'll have to revisit the existing solutions out there to see what would work best.
Thanks for being here
Without your continued interest over the years, Bonfire -- and now Sprint -- would not be here. Thank you for your excitement and kind words over the years. May we have many more to come.