Dlayer – Release 0.57

New release up at Dlayer.com

I’ve added a size and position tab to the Content manager Heading, Text and Import form tools. It currently only allows you to define the size of the content item as a value between one and twelve, offsetting will be added later.

Dlayer – Release 0.55

New version up at Dlayer.com.

The text content item tool is back and I’ve also added a dependant content visual notification into the Template designer, you will see place holders when the selected content area has dependant content items.

There have been other changes but nothing worth mentioning here, as always please check the development log.

The import form tool is next on the list.

Technical Debt

Technical debt can be a problem for any project and being an alpha level project Dlayer has a large amount of what Fowler describes as prudent-inadvertent debt.

Each of the Dlayer designers share the same base code, I started the development of Dlayer with the Template designer, moved onto the Form builder and then onto the Content manager, in moving from one designer to another I had to modify the base design each time, the largest changes being made when I developed the Content manager. With the benefit of hindsight I’ve been able to see how I should have developed the original base system, the Bootstrap update enabled me to make all the changes required to create a far more solid base than I had in July.

With this release I haven’t removed all my technical debt, as above Dlayer is an alpha level project, sections are always going to need to be reworked, I am however much more confident with the design I have now as well as the fact that the base system now spans five designers rather than three.

Dlayer – Release 0.54

A new version is now up at Dlayer.com

Access to the Template designer and Content manager has been restored, both designers have been updated to support the new page structure required to generate Bootstrap based web pages. In addition to adding initial Bootstrap support I’ve also hit the Content manager and base tool system with the refactoring hammer, if felt great.

The number of available tools in each designer has been severely reduced, there is currently only one tool in the Template designer, create rows, and two tools in the Content manager, add content row and heading content item, obviously this is very temporary, this release was primarily about updating the Content manager and Template designer to provide a new base to build upon.

The missing tools in the Content manager will be added very quickly, after that I will work on the sub tools for the Content manager and then finish off a few things in both the Template designer and Content manager before moving on with my original commitment from July. Unless you haven’t already guessed I’m not going to hit my milestone, it will now probably be the v0.60s before image support is officially added.