Ladies and gentlemen, the 1.2.0 is out…
Something useful now: how to get feedback from a trial
How did we implement it? How long did it take?
What we needed was a way to have a user communicating with us what was wrong with Tabbles, this should have included a list of options with check-boxes as well as a few empty fields to write something into. Coding this into our desktop app would have been a nightmare (open a socket, and write into a remote db making sure that the user’s firewall wouldn’t get too angry about it… ) and it would have been even worst having the thing to run when the user was uninstalling… 😐
Well, our website is based on Joomla, so we thought: why not using joomla to do this? Joomla has a built-in poll, but it’s pretty limited: only radio buttons, no free-writing field and max 12 questions (!).
After a 5 minutes tour in the joomla extensions directory
I found the excellent PollXT
which does exactly what I needed and within 10 mins our poll
was online. This looks like the best component I’ve seen in a while… it does everything it’s supposed to (and as you need more, it’s there already), it’s stable and very intuitive: A+ to the author! Uh, did I mention that it’s donationware? 😀
All we did is calling a custom action on uninstalling, so the uninstaller calls a web page (which opens without ringing any alarm bell) and PollXT
does all the rest.
there is in an interview of me here