Site revamp underway

Just a quick heads up that I’m currently, right now, this very minute… well up until the point when I took a breather to write this, working on a complete site revamp for your pleasure.

A number of reasons for this.  Firstly, it’s way over due.  The old HTML style was fine for the time but things have evolved and so have your needs.  I’m seeing a lot more phondleslabs and smart-phones being used to lookup data and in order to take advantage of this growing trend, I need to make the site more responsive.  Secondly the old legacy code-base is an embarrassment.  Honestly, I shudder at the Frankensite code every time I try and track down any bugs reported to me.  And lastly I’m a nerd who loves to tweak and make things better.  New web standards and widgets is more toys for me to play with which in turn means more toys for you to play with.  It’s a viscous circle but one I know you can all live with.

The kindest thing to do is to start again so I’ve already began the reboot.  The new site is based on a twitter bootstrap theme so nice and responsive for smaller screens (and IGB minimized viewing as well) with the back end being developed on the fuelphp MVC framework which will make my life a whole lot easier to add new features and trouble shoot.  I might even throw in a spot of unit testing and TDD that’s all the rage these days.

In the pipeline will be :

  • a complete overhaul of the sigmap including the much requested cut and paste scan results
  • more detailed information on scanned anomalies and a tie into the market data on the industry tracker to give you a guide on how much it could potentially be worth.
  • Some form of visual representation of scanned routes to tie into the current route finding feature.
  • Better search functions
  • More information on the current system and laid out a whole lot neater
  • A more intuitive way of adding to the database with better filters of sharing the data with corp, alliance and “friends”
  • WH images!!!  With the help of Penny Ibramovic of the tigerears.org blog, I’ll be adding to the static information images of the statics so you can visually identify them.  In particular this will be most effective when finding K-space target WHs.  When you enter the static code for the K-space lead into search, images of potential empire statics will be filtered by the target class and displayed allowing you to pick the one that looks like what’s in front of you so you’ll have an idea where you’ll come out before you even jump.

To wet your appetite, here’s a sneak peak of a responsive regional view

Regional revamp full screen Responseive regional view

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Industrial tracking website

A while back, I did a post regarding some market and manufacturing work I did up north for the branch takeover.  I got quite a lot of interest in the web application that I previewed at the time but it was designed to be an in house affair for the corp I was in at the time not a public tool.

Well the corp I was in ended up finally dieing, I ended up taking a break from eve for a few months and now I’m sitting in empire spinning ships in stations bored out of my head with this fantastic tool sitting there doing nothing.  This baby has had as much love poured into her as staticmapper and she’s begging to be used for her core design which is to take all the hard work of organizing and planning your industry from you.

those of you who also read the K162 know that when it comes to market trading and industry, blake and I know our shit.  We’re top of our game and the web apps we write are created from our experience of best pracitce.  What works stays, what doesn’t hits the cutting room floor.

To know more about the site, check out my youtube video here.  Venus, my own AI (Actual Intelligence) aka my georgeous wife was good enough to do the voice over so that should be a thrill for some of you….. 🙂

Play with the freebies on the public site and if you think this is the baby for you then feel free to register an account.

Just like staticmapper, I take your personal security seriously.  you private account is only accessible to you.  you’re API details are protected by encryption and used only when you are using the site.

At present, the corporate management features are unavailable until I revamp them to support a multiple corporation management structure but they will be available to you soon.  Comments and ideas always welcome…


Update about the update

ok folks, just to fill you in on events and planned updates.  After some pretty exhausting political junk before, during and after the new year I decided to take a couple of months away from eve to recharge batteries, but also to start on a pretty major project.

when I first wrote staticmapper there was no real plan or focus for the project.  I simply wanted to take what me and teh k162 lads had written in the form of excel spread sheets and convert them into an all in one lookup tool.  Those who were playing during the Apocrypher update will remember the wormholethingie which was the basis of the database.  Since then, it’s eveolved and included more and more tables from the eve datadump but in that is the problem. You see it eveolved.   So I decided that I would start this year with a complete rewrite.  Having looked at things like code ignigter, fuel, yii, I decided that the concept of MCV development was sound so I took my own framework and with some simple tweaks I evolved it into my own.  This is the new basis of staticmapper.  From your perspective, it will look and operate pretty much exactly the same.  From mine, it will help me greatly track down and fix the various bugs some of you have pointed out.

So what’s going to be new in the rebuild?

  • SEO.  Currently it’s all done through the index.php with get.  Nice and easy to code, not so easy for google to run through and index.  This is good for you because it will make it easier for you to find the info that you want.
  • Meta data and keywords – google loves the use of keywords in content so when the spider indexes the page, it will get all the info relevant to the system thus better search results.
  • Faster SQL – There is lots of queries on some of the pages.  And in some cases (eg region view) the number can really slow down the render of the page.  No page should take longer than half a second to render and this is what I’m aiming for.  If I leave you sitting there waiting for a page to render, that’s time you’re not paying attention to your surroundings and a better chance for you to get ganked from someone who is watching on the other side…….
  • jQuery – Lots of old skool code in there from the days before I started using jQuery.  so stripping out everything long winded and simplifying
  • Better search – One of your main complaints is that the search needs expanding.  I hear you and this is how it will work in version 2.0
    – Search by system
    – Search for systems with xxxx static
    – Search for systems with x type of planet
    – Search for systems with high kills
    – Search for systems you scanned by date range with all of the above criteria
  • Revisit the route finder.  Runs like lightening on my localhost, slow as treacle on the webserver.  This is not good and needs fixing.
  • Making the functionality to update system static records more obvious.  A nice styled button rather than the vanilla HTML one.
  • Sigmap features – I’m going to make it easier to fill in the sigmap.  If you’ve scanned down a system updated the sigmap on the otherside and jump through, makes sense that the sigmap for the otherside should auto populate the k162 record right?  And that all wanted signature notes field so you can leave each other love letters.

There are many other bugs that will be fixed with the rebuild, well basically because it will be a completely new site.  So plenty more bugs for you all to find.

Right now, I’ve go the core functionaltiy, template and MVC structure in place so I just need to blast through each section, splitting out functions to classes, views and models, each to it’s own.  My aim is to have the site rebuilt for June and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on how it’s going.

Fly safe and feel free to contact me with wish lists /features you’d like to see in the site.


Navigation planning updates

I’d decided that I’d put some time and love into the old girl at the start of the year and I’ve just pushed up and merged the latest offering for you dark denizens to enjoy.  Planning your route to jita is one of the most important things you need when you finally spring into k-space and not only that, being able to see how far that jumpfreighter has to travel is a must so after the initial layout tweak I’ve revamped the navigation tool.

The layout is this.  Left is the tools, map onthe right and for those of a literate persuasion a table below with further info such as number of kills etc.  In the previous update I added WH routes to the mix (providing you updated the sig map correctly) and the bottom option allows you to see graphically where your systems lead to.  The routes back to empire need improvement.  I have on the cards a clickable icon to zoom you from W-space to K-space map and back again instead of the great big orange lines stretching accross the cosmos.

Word of note : the capital planner is not optomised so will  not always bring back the most optimum route as dotlon’s does, but the capital planner is more of a guide so you can see how far that JF has to go before you decide to close the static again for a more prefered system.  I may at some point optimise it but for now, use it as an indicator.

As it stands atm the jumpbridge section is broken and I will be updating it next.  Some folks wonder why I included a JB map into a W-space site, well as most of us will be members of some nullsec alliance with access to JBs,  it makes sense you should be able to plan your routes using those handy gateways.  you can find some pretty good routes if things are done right.  My most interesting route so far was from a C5 to nullsec, over 2 JBs into a C3 to a hisec 6 jumps from jita.

As usual, find any bugs hit me up with a message.


Mini Revamp

Just because I love you guys and think you’re awesome I put some love into the site with a quick revamp.  I thought the old style was looking a little fraid round the edges so I put some time in tonight to try and give you some eye candy.

Yes that header image is a generated php file because there are times when I am just that awesome 🙂

Route planner has more love.  Better styled and some new tweaks for better useability.  Map displays by default and route appears above it.  This is not the end.  Working on a capital jump calculator so when you pop up in some back water place, be handy to know how many hops to get the JF out there with supplies.


Navigation – WH routes added to planner

This has been on the cards for a while but just didn’t have the time to get done properly.  So I’ve been tweaking a few features on the site and this was definately one I wanted to get done.

so you’re in your C4 WH with your static C5 and one of your corpies says they’ve scanned a route 4 deep which comes out 8 jumps from jita.  Awesome.  only problem is they’ve already head on ahead to get those skillbooks from that university station 2 jumps out but they say they’ve updated the sigmap for each system and put the destination in for each system.

now the navigation planner works for you as well as those in nullsec with JBs.  Plug in your system, enter jita as the destination and the route will tell you systems you’ll pass through, which statics you’re going through and most importantly the time since they were recorded as well as the sig ID incase someone forgot to copy into corp bookmarks and logged.  Information older than 24 hours will be disregarded as no W-space WH lives longer than 24 hours.

Also works for those wanting to find a way in through reverse routing.  Even if the K162 on the otherside isn’t recorded, if one side is recorded it will find that route for you.

http://staticmapper.com/index.php?routefinder


Galaxy map touched with love

Lets face it, the way I’d implimented the galaxy map seen when finding a route was pants.  It was hard to read, didn’t really give the info that you wanted and was well in need of a rewrite.  Which is what I’ve done.

Took the whole thing back to structure and built up again from the ground.  It should be a lot faster in OOG browsers.   Chrome and firefox both love it.  And with new features to help you guys navigate yourselves back to jita when you find that awesome hisec exit.

New features in this release are :

  • Colours changed and easier to read
  • System name population based on what’s on screen, not which region you hover over
  • Colour coded system dots
  • Squares for stations and circles for none
  • turn off the dots and lables if screen is too cluttered
  • Lables disapear at medium zoon and dots at far zoom
  • region names font replaced with Arial.
  •  Lots of you didn’t like the old hard to read font without your reading glasses.

Performance is still poor in the IGB but that’s more to do with the IGB it’s self than the page.  Check out the other well known eve database sites which also have galaxy maps for comparison and you’ll see what I mean.  I’ve tried to optimise it best I can but I can’t bend the laws of physics.  At least not yet

That should keep you entertained for a while.