Despite being an old nag, I promise not to write about this subject after this anymore. In fact I somewhat closed the matter with the publication of the second version of SDN World annex Le petit monde de Freddy. That was the case until Valery Silaev came into my life. Before you start thinking in double entendre(s), let me explain.
I knew Valery only from his well-grounded comments on my web logs and of course from his forum posts. Besides that, we never had contact. So I was rather surprised when he contacted me via e-mail the other day with a couple of suggestions for improvement of the SDN World application. I must admit that I was a bit reluctant at first. Not only I didn’t have much time for it – I had spent too many time on it already- but the response was still not that good. So why should I spend additional time?
Valery came with the idea to divide the effort: he will focus on revamping the front end and I concentrate on the back end. Before I even could find some arguments not to do this, he already posted me a version. I was really overwhelmed by the speed and quality of the work done. I couldn’t afford to be a spoilsport and couldn’t resist to collaborate on this wonderful thing. After a couple of days of intensive mailing, we got the FINAL application on line.
- Markers are loaded and applied via GeoRss again. This time the data is provided by a php script that does a live conversion of this MySQL table.
- Registration is submitted via XmlHttpRequest, so the user stays on the same page after submitting the data. Everything is stored in a MySQL table.
- Geocoding is now done via the Yahoo REST service. It acts sometimes a bit strange (don’t worry, we capture this), but returns more accurate data. If you feel that your current location isn’t 100% exact, pls contact me and I will regenerate the location with the new version.
- Error handling is improved with more user-friendly error messaging.
- The user list now has “flag” icons.
- It is possible to re-load users list / markers without a full page reload.
- It is possible to navigate in several map areas with a single click (areas were majority of users registered: US West/East, Europe, India, Korea & Japan)
- It is possible to lookup entered address on map before registration.
- Flexible layout applied, checked on 1024×768 and 1200×1024
- All this functionality tested with Firefox 1.5 and IE 6 on Windows XP.
This is yet another example how SDN brings people together and can collaborate without hearing/speaking toe each other. The result is a real fine application. But you don’t have to believe me, have a look at the new SDN world yourself and don’t be a killjoy by not submitting your data.
Update: check also the new statistics.