[Website News] It's your friendly neighbourhood Chief here to bring you the good news

Hey folks, some of you know me, some of you hate me, and some of you don’t know me at all.

What you may not definitely know is that there have been some major changes to Eclipse very recently, behind the scenes. One large change is why I’m making this update.

I took over web development for Eclipse over the weekend. We had a long discussion about expectations, features, style, etc. I can’t post any screenshots of development work, but I can walk you through the tech stack, and some of the major features to expect.

One thing that’s important to note is that this is a ground-up write; we’re not using some silly php forum and then building on top of it. As it currently goes, the stack looks like:

Node.js
PostgreSQL
Marko Templates
Less

If you ask, “well what Node framework are you using? Express?”, the answer is none. In order to ensure that we can quickly integrate new features, I decided that a ground-up approach would allow me to navigate the codebase a lot faster.

So why Node.js? Well, we all know that Eclipse has been struggling, and if we continue to wait long periods of time without any progress, it will simply just fade away. I’m pretty good with Node, and can write and prototype very quickly in it; because of that, I’m going to be able to finish this a lot faster.

Another reason is web sockets. Sure, php has them as well, but they’re a hell of a lot easier to work with in Node.

Why web sockets? Well, forums, like email, I consider to be dated forms of communication. We all know how popular chat software is again; slack, gitter, etc. One thing I’d like to see is threads that update in real-time. A reply came in? No need to refresh the page, just scroll down further. This does add a layer of complexity to the app, like when/how to paginate, but I’m confident we’ll get a good experience in the end.

Because we’re not tied to a pre-made forum software, we’re not tied to the half-baked CMS solutions that they provide. We can add any features, and pages, etc, without having to fight the forum or the database to get it to work. This allows for a lot more freedom and flexibility, should we choose to add community features that extend outside of a forum.

If you have any issues with this, or if you’d like to offer suggestions, I’m more than willing to hear you out.

Thanks, fam.

Well there goes my dreams of Xenforo for Eclipse. As one of the very few people that still visit, it’d be nice to get some information without month long breaks of silence…

As of right now, I’m planning on giving weekly updates, a changelog so to speak.

Very excited for the upcoming changes. 🙂 Anything that can make the forum even better is awesome!

Meh, what’s the point if it’s not so active anymore?

Wooo a new look. Can’t wait to read all these shitposts in a sleek interface

If you dont like it here leave?

Sounds cool Chief. I would personally advice against starting from scratch but to each there own. If anyone can pull it off its you.

Who says I don’t enjoy shit posts?

Touche

While I understand the concerns about a ground-up write, the arguments would hold more weight if we were simply just doing a forum. That’s all I can say for now, but expect weekly updates from me where I’ll talk more about the additional features later.

@‘Chief’:

What you may not definitely know is that there have been some major changes to Eclipse very recently, behind the scenes. One large change is why I’m making this update.

What all is going on? I noticed the site was down for a couple of days. Did I miss something in another thread?

The downtime was unfortunate, but entirely unrelated to the changes going on.

Will there be a new engine coming along with the new site?

There’s an engine being worked on.

could you post some info about the engine and what it will be capable doing. would be nice to know

For the website, can’t wait till its done. it will be a refreshing day when it comes out

i have gone through your entire site and im not joking when i say 99 percent of all your members are rude as fuck i will never use this engine now will i ever come back to your shit show site where did real eclipse go you people are just silly lil kids who think your important jeez get a life this engine died 10 years ago fuckin losers

Cheers manwho did this to you and who is rude?

@‘laywen’:

i have gone through your entire site and im not joking when i say 99 percent of all your members are rude as fuck i will never use this engine now will i ever come back to your shit show site where did real eclipse go you people are just silly lil kids who think your important jeez get a life this engine died 10 years ago fuckin losers

no one cares, if you dont like it here leave.

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