Hi guys. been a while since i last logged in.
I see that many people are doing many great things here, ranging from app packs to xml stuff. It's becoming very hard to follow up with things(especially when you don't login for a while) as there is no proper database. There are 2 threads that have been stickyed for this purpose but that did not solve the problem,imho.
What we need is a database system. I propose:
1. A database system broken into categories: Firmware, Addon Applications, Themes, Dependency and any other categories necessary (for instance, there can be category for experimental ideas)
2.I propose each listing in the database should have the following criteria.
a) a description of what it does
-This is necessary so that you can quickly know what it does..
- And with newbies at heart, i hope we can keep it easy to understand(not too technical...it's just a description rite?)
b) some screenshots showing the function/feature/addon/theme
-So that people can get the idea easily.
c) Dependencies Needed
-wat firmware is needed, what optware app is needed, whether other app like webserver or event osd is needed
d) Proper Instructions On Installing & Uninstalling
-again i hope that it can be kept as simple as possible too for the newbies.
e)a comprehensive changelog
-With this, then we can quickly know what has been improved and updated.
d)Limitation & Known Issue
-If the limitation has been solved in a newer release, then instead of removing it, a cross across it and the version number resolved should be good.
-i suggest mediafire because you can have a folder there. so,when you keep uploading your new releases there, you are at the same time creating an archive,so people can still get the older version if they want it.
f) A link to wdtvforum-discussion link
-link to the corresponding thread in our forum so that ppl can post feedback,suggestion or ask question regarding the app/theme/addon.
g)Road Map (optional)
If you guys agree with me and we do this, we will have a website which will always be easy to follow. Even if someone just bought a WDTV and is new to the WDTV world, by coming to the database, they can quickly know what they can do with their WDTV.
Looking back at my proposal, I guess some might think that the are too many criteria and it's a waste of time. But I beg to differ. If we are going to create a system, I guess it's only fair we make it as friendly as possible to newbies. I noticed that our forum is a great resource for WDTV, in fact the best I'd say. But I must admit it's quite a challenge at times for those not too technically informed. Sometimes the description in the thread is quite technical. For example the xml sheet stuff. I understand that it somehow uses tvixe and moviedb but i don't know the status of it nor how to use it. Just to prove a point, if we have the system, I would have known the status and how to use it very easily.
Actually it just occurred to me that, it's not the newbies alone that will appreciate simplicity. In fact,i believe everyone including developers will appreciate it. So, again I propose, that if we were to do this system,let's do it with simplicity as the theme.
Jay Allan, i think it should be part of the wdtvforum.com domain too, and as said above, you can tie it to the forum by the discussion link. I don't know much about the technical side of building a system like this, but i can help out with ideas on the structure, usability and etc...
I hope that everyone supports this idea. Support it by posting a reply.
Looking forward for your response Jay.