zoidtechnologies.com was started on 2002-aug-01 and bbsengine.org was started on 2008-nov-11 with the goal of providing a simple but elegant php-based web application library for developers using, at the time, php4. bbsengine1 had some security problems bbsengine1security) which were fixed in bbsengine2. bbsengine3 is written in php5.4 (requires 5.4.x or above) and uses PostgreSQL (9.2.x or above), the Smarty3 template engine (3.1.30+), and several modules from PEAR including pager, html_quickform2, html_quickform2_captcha and mdb2.
To make effective use of bbsengine4 you will need to be a developer comfortable with the use of PEAR packages, Smarty3 Templates, and have hosting with PostgreSQL available. bbsengine4 has not been tested on servers using web-based control panels for system administration. it can be done.
based on suggestions from a user, I've merged the project 'bbsenginedotorg' (this website) with 'bbsengine3' to serve as a basic example of how to get a site working using this framework.
I've radically updated the INSTALL file so the version numbers of various packages are accurate, to make descriptions more concise, and to offer some useful hints as to how to configure things so they will work well.
form handling has been simplified down to three function calls which allows for very straight-forward use of enhanced forms:
The bbsengine handbook now uses MarkDown for human-readable markup.
There is now a 'composer.json' file shipped with bbsengine3, but it has not been tested beyond a simple check to make sure it does not contain syntax errors (lint). I am interested in tools that will take a list of package names (f.e. the output of 'pear list') and set up the required records automagically including state ('beta', 'stable', etc).
in 2006 there were security advisories issued for bbsengine. it was a lot of work to fix all of my projects, and some of them slipped through the cracks.