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A little tech talk, and my plans for today.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 by  
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I overslept this morning (6:40!), and that’s unfortunate because I have a lot to do today. Now I’m about 1.5 hours behind.

This blog is going to be a little scattered.

First subject is a bit of administrivia. I’ve got just about everything I wanted to accomplish on the all-new JSF forums and the main site done. I’m extremely happy with the forums from a performance, visual and feature standpoint. I’m also really happy with the Facebook comment system that’s now in place on the main site. In addition, I made some minor, but noticeable, visual changes (you have noticed those, right? 😉 )

I don't need anything this fancy.

I don’t need anything this fancy.

About the only thing that remains to be done is the bridging software. The main “must have” functionality is to allow for a single account/login for both the forums and the main site. I purchased some full-featured software that accomplishes this feat, and so much more.

I started working on the software yesterday, and ran into a pretty major problem, unfortunately. Without getting too technical (I can already sense eyes glazing over as it is), the account IDs stored in the forums database are different from the account IDs stored in the WordPress (this site) database. These account IDs are present in a large number of places in both databases, and they all must be aligned. There is no easy way to accomplish this, and no software to automate the procedure has been developed (yet). There are 20,000 members on the forums, and more than 1,500 registered commenters on the main site. Manually aligning that many user accounts is simply not practical.

The developer of the software is working on the issue, but I’m not sure how long it’s going to take. In the meantime, I’ve found another bridging product that might fulfill the primary need of allowing for a single login across both areas of JSF. I’ll be purchasing the software and playing around with that today.

Okay, moving on. 🙂

I’m not going to do a long ride this morning, as I’ve got to get some yard work done before I start working on the above tasks. Tomorrow, though, I’m going to do a group ride with some friends I have not ridden with in a few weeks. I’ve missed riding with those guys, and I need a break. I’m really looking forward to that.

Tonight Lisa and I will be cooking together, a new dish. We’re going to be preparing a Jamaican Jerk stir fry with Tofu. If it’s amazing, I might have a new recipe for everyone on Monday.

Okay, it’s almost 9:00. I need to wrap this up and get to work. Have a great Saturday!

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4 Responses to “A little tech talk, and my plans for today.”
    • No, the numeric user IDs must be aligned between the two systems. That’s the only way it can work because the user IDs are what’s used in a number of tables (not email or username).

      I had some limited success this afternoon with the alternate bridging system. I think this one might work, but I need to hit the developers up with a couple of questions and issues I’ve noticed.

      xF/WP bridging is pretty new, so this is something that’s not particularly well fleshed out.

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    • I agree, mapping would make more sense. In fact, I am pretty sure that’s how the other software I purchased today works, because no aligning of accounts is required. There may be a technical reason I’m not aware of with regards to the more full featured software.

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