Allpar foundation-software news

It will come as no surprise to find out that Allpar uses PHP, since nearly every web site does. We recently upgraded our database software, and in the next month or two, we will be moving up to PHP 7.

PHP 7 is a major advance over the current version, PHP 5, with definite acceleration. There are some possible problems with the move; we’ve vetted all our software for outdated programmer-interface calls, but that doesn’t we won’t have any. (Forgive me if I wonder why, in once case, where the commands are essentially the same except for one letter, they could not accept both.)

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In the next year, we should also be able to greatly speed up image rendering.

The elephant in the room remains mobile, which as you probably know, has been somewhat hit or miss, not to mention home-grown. At some point there will need to be separate mobile and desktop style sheets; we already have an image script that draws special photos for mobile (this doesn’t make them look very pretty on high-resolution screens but at least you don’t have to wait a long time for pages to load.)

The current menu solution is better than the old one but not entirely acceptable, too.

The home page experimentation is largely over, but if I had the time and tech skills, there’s still more I’d do.

We move forward, into the present, slowly…. at roughly one second per second.