It's been a busy week. There's been a lot of stuff to wrap up as CloseBrace rolls toward beta testing, but I'm pleased to say that as of today, we're there! I have a development site up and running (behind a password) that people can bang on and find all of the many bugs that I'm sure exist.
I spent the first half of the week getting my server in order. As discussed in the previous blog post, I am not a server administrator, so that involved quite a bit of learning, but I was able to get everything working the way I wanted it to. Mostly. There's still some weirdness with forwarding http to https that I'm working out, but we'll get there!
I also finally figured out how to build a user avatar uploader that takes advantage of the CDN I'm using for images, Cloudinary, which has been a thorn in my side for a couple of weeks. After I got that working, and then hunted down a bug where it was only ever uploading images to one account no matter who was logged in, I set to work cleaning and tightening the site in prep for the upcoming round of testing. There's still more to be done there, too: there's a lot of under-the-hood stuff that needs to be thought about, for example: input sanitizing so people don't try to hax0r the site with injection scripts. It'll take a while to get everything locked down, but I've got good resources for making sure CloseBrace is as secure as I can get it.
But there's always more to be done! Right now, I'm just working to get CloseBrace to a viable MVP state by the 6th. Not sure I'll quite make it, and I hope you guys will forgive me if the launch slips a little, but I'll be doing my best!
That's about all I've got this week. If you'd like to beta test CloseBrace, drop me a line. Beta testers will get a shout-out on the about page, and will also get free CloseBrace Pro (our subscription tier) for life, not to mention early access to future site features and other possible perks.
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