Monthly Archives: October 2014

November Competition

To celebrate the successful move to our new servers we will be running a little competition in November.  The winner will receive:

1) Cube ID number 13!  Now that we are up to the 20,000 mark with Cube IDs, help distinguish your list with a nice low cube number!  Lucky number 13 has been long since removed but the winner will have their cube moved to this desirable number.

2) Cube number 13 will be featured.  Show off your list to the community and get some valuable draft feedback.

3) A day of my development time to build something that YOU want to see on Cube Tutor.  I have a long list (currently over 300) feature requests that I am slowly working through.  The winner will see their idea shoot to the top of the list to be realised in the next release.  Of course I will retain the final say on what will and won’t be permitted for this so don’t go crazy, and it must be something that I can reasonably complete in a day of development.  If you need some inspiration, I’m hoping to see a few ideas on this Reddit thread!

So how do I enter?

Simple!  Just take to Twitter and tell your followers why you think that Cube Tutor Rocks.  Eligible tweets must mention @cubetutor and use the hashtag #CubeTutorRocks.  Other than that you can write what you like.  You can make up to one entry every day for the whole of November, and the winner will be drawn randomly from all of the available entries on December 1st.

Good Luck!

Moving House

The time has come to up sticks and move Cube Tutor to warmer climes.  We’re changing our hosting provider.

It’s taken a fair amount of work to get to this point but we should hopefully see further performance improvements in our new home.

In order to complete the migration we plan to take the site down tomorrow Thursday 30th October at around 10AM GMT.  The process will involve backing up our entire live database and importing it on to the new platform.  We expect this to take 3-4 hours.  In addition we will need to update our DNS record to point the domain cubetutor.com to our new servers.  This can take up to 24 hours so in the meantime we will publish another URL that you can access Cube Tutor on.

We’ve taken all of the precautions that we can but there is a chance that something may go wrong.  This is the equivalent to moving house in real life, and sometimes the removal company destroys your furniture or you realise that you accidentally bought a 1 bed studio rather than the 4 bed family house that you needed!  For that reason we will be hanging on to our old setup for a week or two so that we can switch back if necessary.  Hopefully that won’t need to happen but you never know.

For the first few days we will be monitoring things very closely and it would be great if you guys could report any problems as soon as you experience them.  The quicker that we can get things sorted, the better.

Cheers!
Ben.

Bug Fix Release: Treasure Cruise 1.0

It’s been a while since I put out a bug fix release so it felt appropriate to name it after the all-format soon-to-be-banned All Star that is Treasure Cruise!

I found out recently that our hosting provider, Cloudbees is to stop it’s hosting offering by the end of the year so I will be working on “moving house” so to speak over the next couple of weeks. It’ll be a lot of work but once that’s done I’ll be able to dedicate more time to working on your feature requests so please keep those coming in through the usual channels.

So without further adieu, I present Treasure Cruise 1.0

  • All card images now hosted by MTGImage.com – A few months ago we made the transition to MTGImage.com for all of CubeTutor’s non-promo images. Since then, Robert at MTGImage has been working his butt off and they’re now in a position to host all of the card images that we need for CubeTutor including all promo’s. This is great news because it is a lot easier to add new cards to the site now, meaning the delay between set release and CubeTutor updating should be very small, or even non-existent. To anyone out there who’s developing an app that needs card images, look no further than MTGImage.com (and accompanying MTGJson.com), it is awesome.
  • Fixed Multiple Decks Saving bug – A lot of you guys have reported this one over the last few months. You’ll save a deck through the Deck Builder and it will be saved 10+ times. This was a very annoying issue to track down, and it ended up being specific to IE 10 & 11. It’s now fixed, and most of the extra decks have been deleted from the database.
  • Reworked Cube Index – If you’ve seen the 502 Bad Gateway error in the last month you’ll know why we had to do this. In order to calculate activity scores, the Index page had to load every cube on the site and compare them to work out which were the “most active”. This was fine when we had 500 cubes, but now that we have getting on for 20,000 it is no longer feasible. The heavy lifting required was causing the site to periodically slow down and occasionally crash all together. The Cube Index has now been replaced with separate Average Cubes, Most Drafted Cubes and Search pages. Unfortunately this has been at the cost of the Activity Score, and the ability to filter by properties. The former probably won’t come back, but I’m working on adding the latter to the Search page. In the mean time you’ve now got a bunch of new ways to search for cubes on the site including by ‘Contains Card(s)’.
  • Restyled Menus – The look and feel has changed quite a bit. In addition
    • All Cube Index pages can now be found under ‘Community’.
    • FAQ, Contact and Donate can be found under ‘About’.
    • When logged in, you can logout using the cog icon in the new username panel.
    • When logged in and viewing one of your own cubes, you can switch to your other cubes in the cube sub menu.
    • When logged in, View, Edit and Bulk Upload can be found under the ‘List’ sub menu item.
  • Khans of Tarkir Clan Names – These now replace the old Apocalypse era names for the 3 colour wedge combinations, everywhere on the site. I also fixed the name of the 4-Colour combination “Glint Eye”, previously “Giant Eye” – thanks Henry who got in touch about that.
  • Added missing promos – From Game Day, FNM, Judge, Media Inserts, Prereleases, Launch Parties, SDCC and WMCQ. Thanks again MTGImage.com.

If you have any questions, comments, bugs or feature requests, then please get in touch.