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Canadian Coder and Designer

Hi all!

I sort of hijacked Tisnarts introduction thread with my introduction so I thought I should really make my own thread with a little more info about myself.

I hail from Canada (where as Robin Williams puts it: Is like a loft apartment above a really great party) and am a former Contractor (construction industry) who is now a web developer and has been for quite some time. When the web, and perhaps myself, were really really young I had actually started with some html web design stuff but had become really busy in the contracting world and had gone too far with it then.  Then several years back now I joined a "Clan" for online gamming in Call of Duty and they were in need of some improvements to their static website and vanilla phpbb2 forums. Having taught myself some basic programming skills  (Basic and VB Java) as well as some former HTML experience in the past I knew I could probably improve the site somehow with a more dynamic flare. At first I was thinking about some scratch coding but started looking into CMS's and discovered, what I felt at the time was a, half decent one called PNC built for clans as a fork of phpnuke. Very simple to learn had a lot of features useful for a clan and fit my needs close enough.

As time went om I learned PHP and wrote modules addons etc and customized my clans site with all kinds of features. As well I honed and developed some Graphic skills which I had already. My graphic abilities are more technical than creative. Some days I can be very artistic and creative other days I stare blankly and can't for the life of me  envision a pretty new design. I would rather have someone else do the graphic work and let me code mostly but occaisionally on those days the visons come well I still want to go create a nice peice of artwork digitally.

Armed with these developed skills I transitioned into becomming a Web designer for a living and moved out of Contracting. Which is good because I now have particular medical issue that definitely are not conducive to a career in manual labour of any kind and they even get in the way sometimes of my web development career. I just got out of the hospital for revisioning surgery less than 2 weeks ago so some days I am a little too tired or in pain to work hard. But I always keep good care of my clients.

While most of my commercial clients are not running any major CMS.s  (not usually their needs) many of my hobby or personal projects that I have planned do recquire CMS structure for the sites and I have constantly been trying out different ones to find the one that made me happiest.  I found many that might have had the strength I needed to have too much of a learning curve behind them that frustrated my to switch cause I felt that even if I spent the time after I am not sure I would be happy enough and I would have so much work to do to build it to the way I wanted it. It is possible during one of my earlier explorations I had discovered ocPortal and at quick glance decided not to delve in deeply I am not sure but I just stumbled on it recently (completely by chance) while looking at something completely unrelated. With a brief look around, reading the features and the philosophy, I started to get excited and I think I have found something closer to what I've always wanted than any other product I have looked at yet. There is definitely going to be a big learning curve here I think as it looks like thiis CMS has so much to offer but at the same time getting  the basics out the door doesn't appear very difficult and core features include things I want or need for most of my projects.

Where do I plan to go with this CMS?

I hope to use it to manage my own opensource project PNC (I took of lead development a couple years back but medical concerns and the need to do so much work to manage the site and other projects etc have stagnated development). I may not completely abandon PNC but I may as it is a really crappy CMS  but either way I many people use it and I need to spend less time managing it's website and its website needs more improvements that I think ocPortal is better suited for.

Ihave a few other non-profit ideas planned as well that will probably be hosted on ocPortal if it proves as valuable as I supsect.

My hobby is running my clans website as well so I am sure you will find me develping modules or addons for ocPortal that are useful to clans and as is with pretty much everything I build I will release it here for others and give back as much as I can to the community. Occaisionly of course some quick and dirty solutions are put together to fit a need for a site that aren't quite suitable for public release but where possible I will make all things available.

Possible Addons I see me working on for the Future may include:

modifications to the Workflow Mod to include support for CEDI and Catalogues as this is where I would most like it to work.

A Clan Roster Module to list Clan Members but also shows the games they play and their current Status in terms of a rollcall response (which could also be an addon too) however with the looks of ocPortal one of the current modules may be utilized to produce the effects without much coding? We shall see.

A project Management Module perhaps. I know that reinventing the wheel is not great when you have products like Dotproject etc out there but sometimes they have more features than one needs or are too complex or are too simple  and I also like things that are just more integrated instead of sperate systems for eveything.

Tournament/war Modules for gamming to hold tournaments and or record gamming statistics.

Also I hope I can contribute some themes to the community as well.

Well after that long winded hello I will leave you to get back to more documentation reading ( I have so much to learn).

P.S. While I may or may not use ocPortal for my webclients one day I hope that I can also give back by throwing some work your way or partnering on certain projects with ocPortals maintainers especially when the scope is larger than I may be capable or interested in handling myself.

P.S.S You actually read this far? Geez you must be bored! hehe
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partnering on certain projects with ocPortals maintainers especially when the scope is larger than I may be capable or interested in handling myself.

We'd love to :).

P.S.S You actually read this far? Geez you must be bored! hehe

Skim read, so busy as always, but I love these intro posts :).


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Hi again Duck,
I don't mind being hijacked :o  (ok well maybe :lol: )
It sounds like you have allot to offer with all your required skills, I only wish I had at least half of them :(
I look forward to all your future post (so I can learn  :thumbs: )

Making games is fun…having people play them is the reward!
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Fascinating read Duck!
Yes, I read it all, not that I was bored, but learning how somebody makes his choices through life's ups and downs helps me understand the reasons why someone turn out to be more of a giver instead of a taker in a society captivated by the "me, myself and I" notion when participating in anything.

I wish you good health and I’m looking forward to your discoveries and exchanges.

Thanks for sharing your time!:thumbs:
Jean 
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:offtopic: Anybody else notice a resemblance between my Avatar and Jeans :lol:

Making games is fun…having people play them is the reward!
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lol yeah actually I hadn't noticed but now that you mention it very striking! Jean just needs glasses and itd be perfect! lol
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Tisnart said

:offtopic: Anybody else notice a resemblance between my Avatar and Jeans :lol:

LOL Tisnart!:lol:
It's uncanny, we could be brothers!
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Jean said

Tisnart said

:offtopic: Anybody else notice a resemblance between my Avatar and Jeans :lol:

LOL Tisnart!:lol:

It's uncanny, we could be brothers!

So much fun!!!  :lol: Same Tailor and Barber too!


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