Written by Smally
I've come to the conclusion that over the upcoming months the User Control Panel will receive a complete rewrite, there are many reasons behind this and they are as followed:
- As a Developer my knowledge and ability to code has devloped and when looking at some of the first code I wrote in the User Control Panel I realise how inefficent it is and how it could impove.
- The current User Control Panel isn't very friendly for more than one Developer to work on as the controllers are in one big file each so the differences would be the following:
- The version of Laravel offers Long Term Support meaning that it will be supported with all major bug fixes for 5 years, which is good for us.
- The current UCP isn't responsive at all so even If I decided not to upgrade Laravel I would still have to redesign the frontend and backend of the site so it's easier just to rewrite the whole thing.
- I personally need to gather more knowledge of the 5th version of the Laravel Framework as it does vary to Laravel 4.
There is currently no set release date for the new version of the User Control Panel as it's still in early stages, and there have been a few screenshots which I will release at a later date, this version of the UCP will far from be rushed as the current version is fully functional and I want to make sure this one goes out without any bugs at all. There will be a few open betas hosted on an external server before the User Control Panel is released.
BigD will be maintaining the current version of the User Control Panel whilst I focus primarily on developing this, so if you have any issues with the current UCP contact BigD and if needed he will contact me.
Jack Davis (Smally),
Head of Web Development