One would think that making the commitment to attend Grand Prix San Jose as a gaming lifestyle vendor would be the end of a long process of preparation, and cause to kick back and relax – let the good times roll! Well, let me tell you, such is NOT the case. Deciding as much marks the beginning of just another phase of getting ready. Not to worry though; the chance to interact with the gaming community is unquestionably AWESOME!
As for the checklist of things to do. There are several categories: Software readiness, marketing readiness, art readiness and “people” readiness. For the moment I’ll focus on software readiness.
Not to reveal too much under-the-hood, but as far along as Zejoop.com is, considering it is still Beta, there remains a lot to be done.
For example, while in development to this point, the workflow of planning an event has assumed a single, straight-ahead path. That’s all well and good, unless the organizer wants to save a draft of the event, and come back and edit it later. Things such as changing the event details, or updating the list of invitees prior to sending out the invitations, are just being added now. That takes time – but, progress is happening!
Also the code still has some diagnostic alerts and whatnot; those have to be identified and removed.
Perhaps most importantly though, and I hope we can still be friends after I make this admission, but the site itself needs to be protected by encryption and an SSL certificate. Never had to do that before – now I do! Have to learn that real quick. Fortunately securing the certificate from, BlueHost, my domain registrar, was pretty straightforward, and come tomorrow, the imprimatur of SSL protection will be a done deal (assuming that is, that the tutorials I will rely on are easy to follow). It will be done – I am success oriented!
So there you have it; a blog post with a little bit of info, some behind the scenes stuff, and a little bit of soul-searching and the humble confession of a learning-as-I-go software developer.
All of this to keep you up-to-date, and ultimately, to extend the invitation – Come visit the Zejoop booth at the event. Learn what Zejoop has to offer to help you get together with your friends, have fun, and game!