11 March 2013
One of the core philosophies behind esoTalk is to make it very simple and easy-to-use on the surface — to keep the interface uncluttered and the default feature-set limited to avoid bloat. However, there is a lot of unobtrusive hidden functionality which gives esoTalk a bit of power without breaking this philosophy.
18 January 2012
16 November 2011
When rewriting esoTalk, I had two goals in mind: to make the code straightforward and easy to understand, and to make the code easily extensible. Achieving these things would encourage developers to contribute and collaborate on the core code, and extend the software by writing plugins and skins.
14 November 2011
Today, esoTalk 1.0.0g1 was released. This version is very much a beta—it's unfinished, unstable, and buggy. Nevertheless, I'm glad to finally get the new version out into the open, especially in a state where things should be able to move forward quite quickly. This is where I'll hopefully see my months and months of hard work start to pay off!
5 November 2011
Welcome to the new and not-so-improved esoTalk blog! For anyone reading who doesn't know, esoTalk is free, open-source forum software which is currently in development. I'm Toby, the person developing it. This blog is about my experiences doing so. It will also probably end up being a place where I go to vent my frustration with Internet Explorer. But I'm sure that's interesting enough, right?