Guess it won’t surprise anyone if I say the plugin has suffered a major break in its development lately. Almost nine months have passed since the last update, and it truly is a shame. Meanwhile the plugin has been download almost 15.000 times, as if I needed proof that users are still here, waiting.
Well, it’s been a rough year. Really. Would it be up to me, I’d be working on this plugin full time, but the truth is that WPMovieLibrary does not pay my bills, and they tend to be quite large these days, restraining me to more lucrative and yet not-that-much-interesting projects. Add this to a life-threatening illness that struck on a close family member since June and you get a good look at what’s been in my head since spring… But hey, let’s not dwell on this! There’s good news to conclude a crappy year anyways, the first being, of course, that I started back working on WPMovieLibrary.
Although this means version 2.1.5 and 2.2 are officially abandoned, it also means that I started rewriting the plugin from scratch, and this will end up in version 3.0. Version 2.x is way too complicated to maintain and handles at lot of things in a very poor way; time for a change. Version 3.0 will bundle most of the features and updates originally scheduled for versions 2.1.5 and 2.2, fix ongoing issues and make place for other long-requested-but-yet-to-be-determined features.
I heard you in the back. You don’t want to waste another year waiting for an update. So what? Well, it shouldn’t take that long, really. I dived back in the code just a week ago and so far I’ve managed to put together a very good working base including the data management part (movies, meta, details) with sanitization, saving processes and options handling; meta/details now have an autosaving process in the movie editor. Soon to come are the API implementation and search processes, and the rest will follow. Some features from version 2.x will become obsolete and will be removed or replaced with better alternatives, though it’s too early to say exactly which ones and how; but I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the result anyway: using the plugin will be easier than ever!
Ok, time to get back work, isn’t it?