May 2020 – NearBeach update and it’s current future

I have a lot of plans for NearBeach. Many modules in my head that I want to implement into NearBeach. So why am I wrapping up to release a stable version? Simple – I had to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This is the best place to start – I can’t be stuck in a development cycle forever without a release.

What is coming up – how many version for the 0.26 branch? There are currently 2 planned 0.26 releases looking at fixing bugs and issues. After the next release I will be doing a system wide test of NearBeach – from there I will determine if we need any more releases.

What will happen after release? NearBeach 1.0 will be a long term support (LTS) version. How long we will support it will need to be discussed and planned. This is our very first LTS stable version of NearBeach. NearBeach will also have a secondary branch that will be for new development – once again, we are still in planning how this will work and we will have more information soon.

NearBeach’s Code

NearBeach started out as a learning project for myself. I had programming knowledge gained from my years of knowing C/C++, SQL, and other languages. A friend mentioned moving one of my prior ticketing systems from C++ to a web based application. NearBeach became that application.

As I learned more and more about web programming, NearBeach gained more and more modules, and essentially evolved into what it is today.

There is nothing wrong with this approach, however it does have a few shortcomings. One of those shortcomings is that I have learned a lot more effective ways to program for web development.

The next major release of NearBeach (lets call it 2.0 for now), will focus on the following;

  • Refactoring code, making it easier to read, quicker to implement new functionality, more efficient, have a defined structure.
  • Design update – NearBeach looks very bootstrap, and the reason is it is. I am not the best designer out there, however I have hit the books and youtube to try and improve my front end skills.
  • More modules – I will always be either adding or refining existing modules within NearBeach. If you require any extra features, why don’t you hit us up on our forums – https://help.nearbeach.org

Before we start any of these tasks, we want to create a stable code base. One with as few bugs in it as possible.

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