Archive for May, 2012

Preparations for the Launch

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

For a little while last week I was starting to think that my social network was starting to get stuck in development hell, constantly writing and re-writing the code, in a never ending spiral. One thing I have noticed is that it has been getting better and better, so there is at least that.

But last weekend I had a marathon coding session, and for some reason the site started coming together. Every time I say “it’s going to be another month” it seems to take more time, but I think that I am on course to launch sometime early July. In preparation for this momentous event I have created this Facebook group.

Its main function is to just let people know when the site lanches. It’s currently open, so anyone can post there, but be nice! Here is the link, for anyone who is interested in being one of the first to join:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/381635845206883/

Glitch City

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Glitches are fun, glitches are cool. I never told anyone this, but it is my opinion that one of the marks of a truly fine piece of software are when the bugs and glitches are not annoying but fun.

I loved exploiting the bugs in GTA Vice City a few years back. And the glitches in the early Pokemon games are the things of legends.

Truly a mark of software sophistication. So imagine my delight, when during development of my site, the following glitch was created.

As time goes on and my site is developed, I expect a higher and higher class of bugs.

Lots of Little Things

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

There are literally hundreds of tiny little things you need to do to make a micro blogging service good. Checking an email address is valid here. Encrypting passwords there. Checking inputs everywhere else. Making sure the site is easy to use and understand for people that have never used it before.

Registering the domain name, creating publicity for it. Optimising the code so that should the site become successful it wont crash straight away, or slow down so much that it becomes unusable. Finding and removing bugs. Tweaking the UI. Making that pages look interesting and feel ‘right’.

Making the site do what it was meant to do in the first place. It’s the fun little things that you don’t often notice at first that make a website worth using. I’ve been working on PJs.Cat for a long time, and it’s very slowly coming together.

Piece by piece I’m going to build the best microblogging service that I can. It’s one of the biggest projects I’ve ever worked on and I couldn’t be happier with it so far. The image below is a screenshot of how it looks at the moment. This is a very early version, and will be revised before the site launches.