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Links SQL Update!
Yes, it's true, a major update to Links SQL is in the works! Here is a summary of the main features we will be working on:

* True category structure, the category name won't be tied to a link anymore, and we won't have the Alternate Category headaches that many of you have now. Also, generating category stats will be a thing of the past.

* Category Browser. You will be able to manipulate categories easier in the admin, if you move a subcategory, all other subcategories will move automatically.

* Enhanced Plugin System. We are working hard on making a better plugin system. Hopefully with what we have mapped out, mainpulating the HTML_Templates.pm file will be a thing of the past.

* Better emailer. Long overdue, we have upgraded the mass emailing to be able to handle large volumes, keep track of mailings, restart on ones that didn't finish, send in one smtp session, etc.

* Improved Editor system.
* Integrated Banner system -- but you will be free to use any banner program.
* Integrated Review system.
* Improved database support - we are targeting Mysql, MS SQL, Oracle and Postgres databases.
* Improved database editor, we will use a custom version of MysqlMan to allow you to do anything you like with your data. However this is going to be a mysql only feature (sorry, but the other databases just don't support changing table structures as well as mysql does).
* Easy Install - a tar file and an install.cgi, the program sets everything up.
* Change Links.pm options from the admin.

Now, the all important question.. when! =) Our target for this is end of May. I'm going to be out of the country for a couple weeks in June, so we want to definately have it wrapped up before then.

If you have any questions on any of this, please post them in the Links SQL Discussions.



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