Bryan Deakin

Scottish Poet / Blogger / Community Activist

Getting to Know: JBlaze

1. What got you involved with SMF?
I first got involved with SMF when I was using phpBB for my first forum. I was getting tired of the crap I kept getting from phpBB and the horrors of trying to modify it to my needs. So I went searching for an easier to use system, and I had heard many great reviews about SMF. I started off with 1.1.7, and about a year after that, converted to 2.0 RC1. The rest is just history.

2. What feature of SMF do you like the most?
My all-time favorite is Quick Reply. From a developer standpoint, I have to say SSI.php because it makes life so much easier when trying to integrate into other softwares and standalone pages.

3. From what you see what do you feel SMF is missing?
A plugin system for applications. The Package Manager was great about 3 years ago, but modifying source files directly is just bad practice, especially on a heavily modded installation. It creates more problems than it solves. Also, SMF needs to get with the times and move to a more OOP oriented core. Giving it more of an MVC type structure would be awesome as well.

4. How do you feel about the transition from LLC to NPO?
I’m not a big fan of the legal crap, but from what I can see, it would serve the community better since more assets can be directed towards more important things, like maintaining the site and other things. It also has the ability to reduce the legal crap that comes with an LLC, and also gives more people the opportunity to voice their concerns and make sure they are heard.

5. Since you have left SMF what have you been up too?
I’ve been busy going freelance, doing work for clients as well as working on my favorite app, SimpleXBL, which is an Xbox LIVE Leaderboard application for SMF, and soon to be ported to other softwares like IPB and XenForo. I’ve also been working on learning the C++ and C# languages, as well as delving into mobile app development.

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