I love the way the tutorials section works on this forum - the tutorials being seperate from the forum but comments appearing on the forum.

Is this a standard code? I very much expect not being Dani's forum, but if it is, which one is it? If not I don't suppose you fancy doing a tutorials tutorial?


Hey there vord. You guessed it, it's custom written. While Morgan conned me into releasing my mod_rewrite tutorial ;) I would rather keep everything else I have on DaniWeb exclusive to DaniWeb. Tech forums nowadays are a dime a dozen, and it's our unique portal, blogs, code snippets, tutorials, irc chat, and link directory, in addition to all the other mini-hacks I coded (such as our "solved" threads), that make us unique :)

While our mod_rewrite tutorial was mostly just editing various bits and pieces of vB code and templates (i.e. replacing PHP urls with .html urls) all of the other hacks we've got are thousands of lines of pure PHP code - and damn it I suffered through five years of a computer science undergraduate degree to be able to write code that efficient, optimized, and object oriented! :)

I will say, however, that there are a couple hacks on vBulletin.org that do a good job of providing the same functionality as we do here at DaniWeb (dare I say, albeit not as cleanly coded).

vB Advanced CMPS is a good alternative to my portal (our moderator Zachery put a lot into this one, I believe). v3 Articles is a good article / tutorial database. If I'm not mistaken there's another vBArticles hack as well. vBJournal is a good blogs script, written by one of DaniWeb's own members, as well. And then there is the Links and Files Database you can also find on vbulletin.org for vB 3. There is also vBxIRC that is based on the same Java chat software as DaniWeb's IRC chat, also created by Zachery.

It was extremely generous of you to post your vbulletin mod-rewrite. It's amazing how a few lines of code changes can transform the way vbulletin works on the web. Without the mod-rewrite I think phpbb is better.

I have V3 articles and it works pretty well, but it's kind of isolated from the forum. I'll see if I can hack it a little to automatically post a new thread in the forum when a new article is posted, and transfer the comments to the forum. That way it might draw some of our article readers into the forum, and let our members know when new articles have been posted.

I'm not blessed with a computer science degree (I'm an engineer), but I do have a test forum up and running which I can break without anyone noticing :) I'll have a play around. Probably I'll find out a lot about vbulletin permissions along the way.

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