January 30, 2008
The end of the year 2007 was a little disappointing for the GPL Quake development
community. Quakesrc dot org, our central forum was unstable during one month,
and finally went down at the start of 2008.
Ender, the admin, has given no sign of life since the end of November. He never
sent me the database export of the old COOP or DIE forum. Fortunately, between
Christmas and the end of the year, I have grabbed the entire COOP or DIE
sub-forum HTML pages.
After nearly 10 hours of hard work, an extensive use of regular expressions and text processing,
I have re-imported the complete forum content. Of course with a correct database
export it could have taken 30 minutes, but I have learned a lot about the
function and text manipulations under PHP. For testing wether
messages were correctly imported, I re-read a lot of old thread, it's
always fun and surprising to dig into the past.
Finally, I'm now porting the entire COOP or DIE website and the WorldServer
to PHP 5, and I will be able to release it very soon.