Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Hey there,
 
A few years ago there were emails flying around between Rick, Chuck, and myself about a java applet chess viewer I wanted to incorporate but it never happened. Anyways, with this msn groups issue, I'd like to resurface this a bit. The last few weeks I have been messing around with Adobe's Flex 3, and it freakn rocks. I've converted a chess game viewer I did in .NET to Flex. Its a flash based(actio script) web app, and its totally open source. While getting more intimately involved in Flex, I would love to put something together for the club. We could have a flash based, no javscript, web site, and anyone with the flash plugin, free of course, could do some amazing things all through the flex web site. If anyone is wondering about games already out there, the viewer I did will parse a those pgn files, and will do unlimited nested variations.
 
If anyone would like to see this go forward, give me some ideas on things you'd like to have, and I'll try to hook it in. I can give anyone thats interested a demo anytime.
 
David
 
 

8 comments:

  1. I have no idea what you are talking about, it's all way over my head. Maybe Rick has some idea. Sounds like it is worth looking into.   

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  2. This sounds great Dave! Let's get Rick in on it and we'll take it from there!

    Ron Rezendes Jr.
    SDCC, President

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  3. Sounds good. Rick should see this thread and reply accordingly. Im hoping to have something stable for a demo next Saturday. Ultimately, what I'm envisioning, is something like playchess.com, where we could have player bio's, see their games, and a bunch of other cool goodies. I'll need plenty of input for a wish list if you will.   The message board will be interesting to incorporate but Im up for the challenge. Anyone wishing to help me code that knows Flash/ActionScript would be awesome.   Looking forward to getting this roll'n.   David

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  4. David,  this sounds intriguing.  I would like to see the website use something like what is on the USCF website for games.  I would however like to see a demonstration of your product.  Perhaps early (like 5:30 pm) next Wednesday?

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  5. OK, I have a few questions on moving forward on this web site thing. For all of the games and content already out there, what happens to them once the groups is no more?   Im hoping someone is slowly archiving anything and everything if possible since we have only two months or so before the site is shut down. We really need to have a meeting asap to facilitate the best transition into something else, whatever it may be. This chess viewer thing Im working on, I redesigned the look and feel of the main viewer, kind of like a separate part if you will from the actual web site. We can have those mini viewers embedded into the page like Rick was asking about like uscf has it. This viewer Im talking about is like a management system. The user is provider with a grid of all the games in the database, then has an option to filter on any column or combination of columns. Then the user simply double clicks any games in the list and a chess game appears in a new tab. You can go back and forth between the game and the results in the grid. I'll have it to where we can upload pgns, annotate, then save it to the database, lots of cool things(keep in mind security for certain people) but first things first. We need to meet to hash out all of the details. Let me know what ya think.   David

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  6. Ok, I think the best way to go is to have an ASP.NET 3.5 site with Sql Server 2008. This is the environment Im working in. I'm not going to wait on any input at this point. I'm moving forward on this, and if anyone wants to add anything, let me know. I'm going to leave one of the current website guys the duty on getting the actual domain and site hosted. Ill provide the code base. I must tell you that a few years ago, I tried to help Jorge get a site hosted and he had issues, he can tell you more about it so Im staying out of the logistics this time. If we're actually going to go through with this, I'll have a functional site ready to roll middle of next month. Even if the club decides not to go through with it, I'll have the code base for personal use, and can implement anytime you guys are ready. A really nice site as described above will be around 20.00/month, still pretty cheap considering the massive amounts of functionality and security we could have. Anyways, thats it for now.   David

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  7. Alrighty, I believe I have the database pretty much done for the website. The security model for this pass is going to be a bit more locked down than normal so we can see how things go initially. I'll give you guys a quick demo, maybe some screens shots if anything this Saturday if you want. I'll explain how we will initially add new pages, links, etc... and how the security model works as far as who deletes what, adds what, and so on. After that, Im going to focus the next month or so before the groups site is shut down to make sure this chess viewer portion of the site is rock solid. I have decided to make this site part javascript and flash because yahoo's javascript library has this awesome rich text editor, and Im going to use it when we create pages and for the message board functionality. I'm being careful when designing this to make sure most browsers will act accordingly. Obviously, once the site is up, we will run into bugs and the like but hopefully not too many. I'll have to work through them.   Anyways, cya.   David

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