Monday, February 15, 2010

new phplogcon site

Today, I received a first more or less complete link to what will become the new phplogcon site. The site is not yet live, but will provide some of the new features.

If you look at it, you'll probably notice a couple of things. First of all, the name "phpLogCon" is no longer spelled out. The reason is that we considered a bit bulky and meaningless. "Loganalyzer" is exactly what the tools is about. But, of course, there are a myriad of (trademark) problems related to that name. So we try to avoid all confusion by calling it "Adiscon loganalyzer", hoping that the company name as dominant part of the product name will rule out all problems. For that very reason, you'll also see me to refer to Adiscon Loganalyzer in the future. If you wonder why I stress that "Adiscon" part, you now know why.

Secondly, you will notice the fresh design. While I am not a visual guy, I have to say that I like it very much. I think it removes much of the clutter and makes it easier to find the information you need quickly. We also have changed the content management system in the background. The new sites uses WordPress, which seems to be highly approprioate for what the site needs. Of course, the wiki and forum will remain as they are - they have proven to be quite well as they are.

If you look more closely, you will also note that Adiscon LogAnalyzer gets an important new component: a reporting module. I managed to convince my peers at Adiscon to move some of our MonitorWare Console closed source technology into Adiscon LogAnalyzer. My long-term vision is that reporting capabilities will much enhance the utility of this tool. In order for Adiscon to get something back, we will begin to develop some enhanced reports, which will be non-free for commercial users. However, the base product as well as some base reports, will always remain free!

I hope you consider this to be good news, just as I think! Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

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