Today, SWCCG vkit went to 1.0. As the DNS changes propagate over the next few hours, you’ll see the new version roll out. This is a pretty exciting release for me. Back in 2007, vkit was the first Rails application I ever created. Now this is something I do professionally and love it. For the 1.0 release, I went back and rewrote the entire app, making it more stable, fast, and easy to change. I’m using a new reliable host, I have performance monitoring and logging, and error notifications, and tons of automated testing. I think that because of this, you will see vkit moving forward more reliably in the future.
For the most part, vkit is the same, but there are a few things I want to point out.
1) Mandatory login. You will notice the homepage is now a login screen. This is for a few reasons. I want to make it more obvious that cardlists can be saved to accounts and encourage users to do this. I also want to track how many people are using the app. And finally, I want to introduce a login system that I will be able to reuse on SWCCG Online. Unfortunately, this new login system means that the old logins are gone. You will have to register again by following the link on the home page or clicking here.
2) Card Database. I blogged a little bit about the Card Database earlier. Here you can browse and search for virtual cards. More advanced search features will be coming later, and this database will power Kelly Brown’s Dejarix app and SWCCG Online. It could also potentially power other SWCCG apps with internet connectivity, such as an iPhone app, or another web application. Most importantly, it allows admins to create new virtual cards, which I think will speed up the update process tremendously.
3) Improved vslip print-outs. Printouts now have printing instructions and a cardlist. You also only need to add an Objective once to get both the front and back side cut-outs.
4) Feedback link. Click Feedback in the upper right corner of the app and let me know what you think!