The road ahead

May 17, 2005 | Leave a comment

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated my weblog here, although I read the ‘all weblog posts’ screen every day. I’ve had a lot of fun watching people come in, and we’ve now got over 500 members on this installation.

Speaking of installations, we’ve deliberately not mentioned Apcala much here. The division is as follows: Elgg is the software, and happens to also be the name of this installation, which is the home of the software development and learning related discussion. Obviously you’re free to talk about whatever you like on your Elgg account, but that’s the nominal concept we had in mind.

Apcala, meanwhile, is a site that happens to use Elgg as its engine. It’s not related to learning itself, and most of the users are actual undergraduate students and teenagers. I keep my personal weblog over there, and try to talk about Elgg over here (often from the news and system development weblogs). There is absolutely no reason why you would need an account on both, or even why that would be desirable, but some people have and that’s fine. I want to make clear that officially, Apcala is unrelated to the Elgg project, except in the sense that we’re getting usage information from it that helps us develop the software.

This weekend Dave and I discussed some of the future developments for Elgg – specifically the oft-requested ‘communities’ function. The vision we have in mind hasn’t been done before (but will, I’m sure, be duplicated elsewhere), and we should have it up for you by the end of the month as per our roadmap; I’ll then be showing it off in Denmark at the end of the month, and Dave will be taking it to Canada. It’s an exciting time for us, and we’d like to thank you for taking an interest.

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