Well, with the slow economy even the benefactor of this site has fallen on hard times.
In the meantime, I've been working to address some of the techical issues we've become aware of with the current site's design.
By moving the site to ASP.Net MVC, we've been able to make the Join step much cleaner:
http://www.my-msi.net/Home/Join is the only thing people will see for all the steps in the Join process, which is much better than: http://www.my-msi.net/JoinMy-MSI?s=#
We will also start salting the passwords (and possibly encrypting other info) when the site relaunches, hopefully sometime in the late Fall to early Winter timeframe.
By moving from VS 2005 to VS 2010 for the site, we should be able to integrate Twitter into the site at some point.
The products will likely be upgraded to VS 2010. Each application will be updated to salted-hash the password before it is sent to the server. This will also require a change to the Web Service that each application communicates with.
The Web Service will also need to be updated to use the same salts when hashing the pasword to compare with the version stored in the database.
Where are we today? Well I have the public side of the site working well. I am in the process of converting some ancillary pages.
What's up for next week? The private side of the site, otherwise known as the: Back Office which only members have access to.
I plan to update this blog at least twice per week, tenitively on Monday and again on Friday, but this is definately not cast in stone.
Until next time....
Eric, the Administrator for My-MSI.Net