Get Involved In cfopenBB

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phpBB is one of the most popular forums and thread discussion applications out there, and cfopenBB is a open source initiative with a goal of porting phpBB to ColdFusion. Some preliminary coding has begun, and cfopenBB is asking for those in the ColdFusion community who are interested in participating in the development of this new project to sign up at the cfopenBB web site.

13 responses to “Get Involved In cfopenBB”

  1. Peter Boughton Avatar
    Peter Boughton

    I’d like to know: is this the phpBB team deciding to port to CF, or is it some CF coders deciding to make a port of phpBB?

  2. Kevin Benore Avatar
    Kevin Benore

    No this is not a phpBB initiative, but a CF coder who really likes their product but wants to have it in CF. The beauty of open source and GPL.

  3. Erki Esken Avatar
    Erki Esken

    I hope they don’t plan to do a direct code port. Since phpBB internal code structure sucks so bad. No wonder they have security issues every few weeks.

  4. Peter Boughton Avatar
    Peter Boughton

    Yeah, that was my concern – that it’s going to simply be a direct copy.
    If it’s more a case of using phpBB as a guide then it might be interesting…

  5. Kevin Benore Avatar
    Kevin Benore

    Fellas, cfopenBB would not be a "direct copy" of phpBB. That would be nearly impossible because of the coding differences and differences in coding styles. We would use their file names/directory structure as a guide to help address any future releases they have. Their "look" would be almost identical. Hope this helps!

  6. Peter Boughton Avatar
    Peter Boughton

    Well I’m still not entirely convinced, but I’m going to put my positive/optimism hat on and go offer to help. 🙂

  7. Cole Barksdale Avatar
    Cole Barksdale

    That’s a pretty good idea. I’ve always looked for a ColdFusion alternative to PHPBB. I eventually had to write my own.
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    I signed up to help these guys.

  8. CF Lurker Avatar
    CF Lurker

    Very cool! I wish someone would do the same thing with vBulletin, now that’s a bulletin board!

  9. Jim Avatar

    Agreed, vBullitin would be a MASSIVE project that would be probably one of the most impressive CF BBs on the net. Thats one heck of a bullitin already, to do a CF version, id go for that any day.

  10. Rick Smith Avatar
    Rick Smith

    Looks as though this project is dead… all links go nowhere. I guess it wa sa nice thought. 🙂

  11. Kevin Benore Avatar
    Kevin Benore

    Not dead, just taken over by another group with a differnet mission. They will write a pure CF board, not a port of phpBB. You can vist them at

  12. jax Avatar

    Taken over, but died nonetheless.. bummer.

  13. Kevin Benore Avatar
    Kevin Benore

    Yeah, it’s better dead anyway. They were taking it in a completely different direction. Besides, I now look to (Ray Camden’s Forums) for a good forum app. Heck if I would have known about it then, I probably would never have started cfopenBB.

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