Friday Dec 19, 2008

Project SocialSite milestone 3

The Project SocialSite team is pleased to announce a new milestone build, Project SocialSite Milestone 3 (download it here). With this build we are essentially feature complete for a first release and so for the next couple of months we will focus on fixing bugs, measuring and improving performance and making SocialSite ready for production.

We've made a lot of progress, but remember: this build is intended for TESTING ONLY! Do not use it in production as it has not been thoroughly tested and is known to be insecure. Here are the more serious of our known issues.

I should also point out that we've got some new nice new docs to go along with the new build:

Enjoy!

Thursday Nov 06, 2008

A little more about SocialSite milestone 2

Here are some more details about SocailSite milestone 2 (M2). The major new features that we've been working for M2 are Flexible Relationship, support for Gadget Themes and Gadget White-Listing. We've also been continuing to perfect our REST, RPC and JavaScript APIs.

Another thing you'll find in the M2 build is the first-cut of our new Dashboard Gadget, which is the place where a SocialSite user can respond to friend and group membership requests, search the social graph and more. As I mentioned yesterday, it's written using JavaScript, Open Social Templates and YUI components. Here are some screen-shots. The first shot shows the Activities tab, which can display your activities, your fiends activities and those of your groups.


The second shot shows the people tab, which can display/search all people in the network, filter by your friends, filter by your groups and enables you to request relationships, send messages and invite people to join your groups.


With M2, SocialSite is basically feature complete, but we've still got a lot of work to do to perfect our Widgets and Web Services. Some of the Gadget UIs and the Admin Console look pretty rough from a UI perspective. We'll be working on improving those, adding a nice Gadget Directory and improving Widget theming for our next milestone, which is scheduled for early December.

You can download the M2 build from our Downloads Page.

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

Project SocialSite milestone 2 work complete

I'm going to blame the blog silence on hard work ;-) We're just now finishing what we're calling Project SocialSite milestone 2, which includes Flexible Relationships, a new Dashboard Widget, basic support for Gadget themes and Gadget white/black listing. The new Dashboard is implemented with Open Social Templates and YUI components. I'll post more tomorrow once I've updated some docs and captured some nice screen-shots.

Friday Oct 03, 2008

Project SocialSite Turns One (Milestone) Today

We've reached our first milestone release, available on the download page now. While you won't see many changes on the surface, that doesn't mean a lot hasn't changed. Our Milestone 1 release includes a complete rewrite of many of our back-end services to use the new OpenSocial REST and JSON-RPC APIs.

For more information on the REST API Dave has a great writeup in this blog. These changes give us a better alignment with OpenSocial, allow us to batch requests, and make it easier to support multiple forms of client to server and server to server communication. With these changes in the back end completed, we can focus our attention now towards UI improvements and new features. As always, let us know what you like, what you'd like to see, and especially let us know if you'd like to help!

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