It was weird, actually, working with Arion, based on the fact that it didn't spark in my head that he use to be the Headmaster of the Shadow Academy, just as I am now. Regardless, it has been great working with him. He is always around and always willing to listen to ideas I throw at him, which is plenty, and he also fixes any bugs or completes new projects quickly, and continues to do so even though his main tasks have been completed. What has Arion done concerning the Shadow Academy website? First is the full conversion of all the asp files to php, which took long enough as it was. After that, we started working on some extra improvements. On the admin side of things, he reworked the admin site to make it more fluid and easier to navigate, the added a reason box for when EPs delete an exam, and he added an answer key option for exams that makes grading much easier. On the public side of things, you automated the SA Staff Page as well as made the drop down menu actually drop down. He also added an answer record page that shows up when an exam is submitted, so that the member has a backup of their answers if something goes wrong. He also made it to where when a member retakes an exam, their new score automatically replaces the old one in the database, which saves us a lot of time in having to manually delete and re-add scores. All of this work took around three months and tons of hours, especially when it came time to beta test.
Just recently, when we went public with the full PHP SA site, he and I were on IRC to watch it, and, as would be expected, tons of bugs popped up when I first uploaded the files. He immediately figured out the problem and sent the corrected files over, and within thirty minutes of uploading the site was running at full capacity. And Arion still isn't stopping, we have more ideas and more improvements that we are slowly working on, and I will continue to work with Arion, because he is simply amazing at what he does, and it shows in his work. It is for all of the hard work, dedication, and time that Arion Sunrider put into the Shadow Academy website conversion/updating, all during the middle of a Great Jedi War that he still placed high in might I add, that I recommend him for a Sapphire Blade.
Dark Side Adept Aabsdu di Plagia Dupar; Headmaster of the Brotherhood
Adding on to what Aabsdu said above, I can only calculate Arion's usefulness in ways Ive seen him perform. Lucky for him, his face has been everywhere over the past three months in the Shadow Academy. The GJW was no easy feat to conquer for any of us, but Arion wasted no time in performing a mid-GJW coding re-haul of the entire SA. As you can imagine, with a big project like this, there is bound to be bugs. I myself counted over five in the first week of the re-haul that halted the SA degree system and the SA as a whole in its tracks. There to pick up the slack was Arion, who was always on call and sometimes the only person in the SCL's office immediately available to assist us with the problem. Thank you Arion, we couldnt have gotten through the GJW without you.
Taigikori Aybara Dupar; Praetor to the Headmaster
Zanet Xox, 2009-05-16 09:07:31 UTC