New version up at Dlayer.com
New version up at Dlayer.com.
The Web site manager has been updated, as per the original release it is still only a preview, functionality will start being added once I finish the current design updates and reach my next major milestone.
If all goes to plan the v0.53 release will feature the Image library and the v0.54 release will feature the Content manager and Template designer, release v0.55 should be when I hit the major milestone I discussed back in July.
New version up at Dlayer.com
The Form builder has returned, same functionality as before, it is however now styled using Bootstrap and creates Bootstrap valid forms.
It took longer than planned to finish the styling for the first designer because I needed to work on the ribbons, tool bar and colour picker in addition to the generated form itself, hopefully the other designers won’t be quite as intensive now that I have completed the base styling work.
As mentioned in my last post the Content manager and Template designer are going to need a little extra work, as such I am going to work on the Web site manager preview and Image library first.
I’m nearly done with the Bootstrap update of the first Designer, I opted to work on the Form builder first because it is the only designer that doesn’t really rely on data from its siblings.
The first designer was always going to be slow because I needed to work on the tools, ribbon, colour picker and all the other shared sections.
I haven’t yet decided if I am going to work on the Image library, Website manager, Content manager or Template designer next, the Content manager and Template designer need to be done in tandem because I need to update the Template designer to include Bootstrap row and column classes.
I’m hoping to do a release within the next few days, below is a sneak peak, the before and after colour picker as seen previously in the designers.
New version now up at Dlayer.com
All the standard pages have now been updated, as in all styled using bootstrap, I’ve also made the options on the overview pages more clear.
Access to the designers has been temporarily disabled till I finish the styling update, access will be returned on a module by module basis as the styling is completed, hopefully the first will be in a few days but that depends on how potty training my little boy goes.
I’ve completed the first step, the Dlayer.com website now uses Bootstrap, the next step is updating the designers and tools to create Bootstrap valid HTML.
This step is far more complicated than just changing some HTML and using Bootstrap CSS classes, as per the homepage at Dlayer.com I’m hoping to have this completed with the next few weeks.
The contract I took on in August was extended, add into the mix a sick/teething 18 month old and very little development was done, luckily most of that is over now so back to full time development.
During the last couple of months I’ve had far too much time to think about Dlayer and where it is going, although I am still fully committed to my specification what I have failed to account for is how much the web has changed since I start Dlayer in 2008.
To that end I am going to take a slight detour to the plan I set out in August and upgrade Dlayer to support CSS frameworks, initially starting with Bootstrap. There are two steps to the process, first I’ll change Dlayer to be a Bootstrap driven site and then I’ll update all the Designers so that they create Bootstrap based web sites.
I’m not going to alter the core concept of Dlayer, a user can still do whatever they like it is just that initially the tools will create Bootstrap ready HTML. I’ll need to add a couple of additional tools, new versions of split tools being one example but none of the existing tools will be removed, users will retain all the functionality they have now.
No timeline on this, I am however still hoping to release the first tools that use images from the Image Library in the v0.50s.
Last week I took on a contract in Solihull, this will limit the time I can spend working on Dlayer. I’ll still be working on Dlayer most evenings but the pace will drastically slow.
I’m going to continue on the previously set path, finishing the Image library, I am however currently playing with the design in another development branch, I’ve designed a more suitable palette but mainly I wanted to play with SASS.