Hello SWC community –
We wanted to give you a bit of a detail description of where our progress currently stands with GSoW. I know many of you have contacted Spock, MJ, and/or me about it. We definitely can sense the excited impatience of the community – trust us, we are just as excited to get it out to you. In an effort to stay transparent through our volunteer efforts, here is a short explanation of where we stand.
In October, we made the announcement that GSoW would be coming soon and listed a number of improvements and new features. At the end of October 2018, the server, domains, and hosting platforms were purchased. By mid November 2018, the backend coder who had been working for many months interpreting the KSoD language and converting to the new GSoW structure had finished the backend development. At this point, our database tech and the backend coder started to test the integrity of the language, worked on setting up the database tables, and other necessary functions for the site to work properly. At the same time, our cyber security expert was working on securing the domain and working to limit points of intrusion. Much of this work carried on until late December 2018, just short of the Christmas holiday.
During that time, the GSoW team solicited and found a UX/UI expert who began the heavy lifting on the actual visual design of the new site – main page, squad pages, the new Conflict and MM trackers, etc. This part of the process is ongoing, but is now moving in the optimization phase (fine detail work that makes the site seamless and flowing). New bots were designed and tested to experimentally decide what was the fastest method to extract and present server info in a timely fashion.
At the beginning of 2019, the final critical part of the process was begun – the front end code design that links the backend code to the user interface/experience. Each function that you “click” on the new site has to be coded for so it pulls the information from the backend data, and that has to be done for each and every page where the user could potential move from one page to another. Once this process has been completed, we will move into alpha testing the new GSoW site, make adjustments, and move to the beta site – and finally release.
All this to say, we are close to the final product. All of this work is being done by volunteers who take time from work, family, or social activities. Having said that, we are eager to finish up and get it out to the public. The one thing we do not want to do is push a product out that isn’t ready and fails to meet the minimum expectations of the community or design team.
Thank you and stay tuned – GSoW team