So the deadlines are coming closer. I have 10 days to write my thesis and concept document. My graduation exams will be August 25, so it would be really nice if I would have my test version ready and some feedback on how it works before the 25th of August.
Building the test version
There are some new developments on the test-version front; I’m working on my Drupal test version, and as I now understand how Drupal works, I also see its limitations. I’ve spoken to my uncle and we’ve found a strategy to tackle the problem I have with Drupal. But, that strategy would include hacking some modules and changing the database a little. I would be able to do this, but hacking would take a lot of time.
The new plan; make a Joomla test site. The advantage of Joomla is that the Joomla community is bigger and older. I’ve learned from the way Drupal works and can use this knowledge to work with Joomla. What I need to find out really quickly is if I don’t run into the same problem I ran into with Drupal. It comes down to this specific part:
There must be personal profile pages and charity pages, on a profile page you must be able to link to other profile pages (buddy-list) and to charity pages (support-list). On a charity page it must be possible to write news items by the charitypage owner and people with a profile must be able to rate and evaluate the charity so that it influences the overall rating of the charity.
The Drupal hack would consist of making an extra atribute in the buddylist, making it possible to devide the user table in people and charities. I won’t go into details, but it can work if I change some functions in the buddylist and user module. The problem is, hacking always brings new problems to solve, so that will take too much time.
For Joomla there is the Community Builder and the groupjive module, making it possible to set up a sort of charity profile page. I’m not sure if is possible to put evaluations on such a page, but there are rating modules.
I shall now put my energy in the Joomla test site, but I will not kill the Drupal test.
After my graduation there is a really good chance I will be able to build a real version of Helpalot based on a social network site that is being built right now.
I’m working with someone who’s making this social network site and likes to make Helpalot a reality too. We are doing some research together and I’ll probably do a 9 Questions interview to introduce him. Still, this Helpalot version would not be available in time for my graduation, so I’m still going to build my own test version.
How you can help
If you happen to be an expert on Joomla, maybe you can point me to some important modules I’ll need to use for this test version.
If you happen to be an expert on Drupal and/or PHP and you would like to try to do this buddylist hack, I’ll explain in detail what the strategy would be and perhaps it can be done.
Now for some fun; check out the new video clip from Muse - Knights of Cydonia, featuring a kung-fu cowboy with a laser gun. Oh, and unicorn, robot, holograms, police car, communistic flag and much more. Hilarious, at 3:14 you can see ‘the crew’ in the mirror, including fake moustache and everything.