May 26, 2009
The site should now be fully updated for patch 3.1.1. Just in time for patch 3.1.2, yah!
That does raise a serious issue – this blog-style site is becoming harder to maintain as the number of data pages grows. For example, given the blog management tools available, I can’t see any simple way to even be sure that I have updated every page. If you see one I missed, let me know.
And the number of pages is going to continue to grow, making navigation more problematic, given the simple set of link-y widgets available. The next big thing on my to-do list is to divide the level 80 reports up into PvP and raiding groups. Reports are going to multiply faster than the proverbial pair of breeding rabbits.
Over at Armory Musings, Okoloth, one of the original WoW dataminers, talks about why he moved his main reports to Google’s app engine. When I read that a while back, I had a bit of a d’oh moment – I’d just finished the reporting tool chain for this site and didn’t want to scrap the whole thing and start again. But his logic can’t be faulted – blog sites just don’t have the flexibility needed to manage complex sets of pages, especially when each page has to be updated regularly.
Google’s app engine has all the good stuff – fast, free and flexible. Can’t ask for more than that!
So I’ve been busy playing with Google’s development environment. You’re welcome to have a stickybeak at what I’ve been up to here. There is no data there yet, and there won’t be for a while yet as I’m still thinking about how to structure the site.
But you can see from the menu bar over there where I’m trying to go: a navigation system that will take you directly to the reports you are looking for and with room to expand through several levels, as the reports themselves become more selective.
And at last we should get those nice item tooltips that every other WoW site manages to have.