Secret Sauce

October 13, 2007

Hello. My name is Maurice.
I am addicted to Phorum programming.
“Hi Maurice!”.

Finally, as the last one of the Phorum core development team (you can now stop pointing at me and calling me names like “troglodyte” and “cavemen” guys), I started a blog. This is where I will be blogging about my Phorum addiction and about my attempts to stay addicted as much as possible.

I am a huge fan of the Phorum module system and have built many modules that make use of it already. So one of the things that I want to talk about here, is the way in which I solved certain module writing issues, to make other module writers benefit from it. Also, if you are a module writer that is running into troubles with implementing a certain feature as a module, then please drop me a line and explain your problem to me. If your problem is a general module design issue, then I will be most happy to write an article about it to help you out.

Secret sauce?

So what is “Secret Sauce”? Well, it’s a concept that I picked up last year when the Phorum team was able to meet up at the MySQL conference in the U.S. One night we went out to grab a bite and I was totally stuck at choosing something to eat from the menu. Just when I was prepared to order anything at random, my eyes were drawn towards two words that seemed to be highlighted by some devine glow: SECRET SAUCE. For no other reason than me liking the idea of secret sauce, I ordered the sandwich that went with it and later on adopted the name for referring to my Phorum development activities.

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