The UseBB Team is happy to announce version 1.0.4 of the light and Open Source PHP/MySQL bulletin board package "UseBB".
Version 1.0.4 is a minor bug fix release. Changes include but are not limited to:
- some minor bugs were fixed throughout the system;
- changes were applied to improve global performance, especially for template parsing;
- mass email messages are now sent in chunks of 100 recipients;
- version checking is now also possible through the PHP c URL extension;
- small changes to improve usability on some parts.
Upgrading is, as always, recommended. Visit http://www.usebb.net/downloads/ for downloads. Information about upgrading is available in the docs/index.html document.
With this fourth bug fix release for the 1.0 branch, I also want to comment on the code and database design of this fairly old system. I would like to emphasise that throughout the "designing" and writing code in 2004 and 2005 no tests on performance have ever been applied to the 1.0 codebase, neither were special measures taken to ensure the performance. For example, no or less indexes were applied to the database tables.
Even though some PHP optimisations have been applied in this release, some design flaws remain in place, however they should not pose any problems to small communities and in any case do not form any security problems. We do not wish to fix these design and performance issues any more but instead focus on developing UseBB 2.0, which will (should) gradually replace existing UseBB 1 installations where possible.
What concerns 2.0's development, a new roadmap for the project in 2007 is available at http://usebb.sourceforge.net/roadmap.php. Note that 2.0 is a rewrite "from scratch" in PHP 5. As mentioned, we are working on the system design and will (re)start developing code as soon as time permits. A preview 1.99 release will be made available when most parts of the base system are completed. Of course, as mentioned before we keep releasing UseBB 1 bug fix releases in the mean time as long as we think is necessary.
All what is left to say is: happy 2007 and enjoy your forum!