Google Code-in Grand Prize Winners Announced!

Google Gode-in 2010 Grand Prize Winners have been officially announced on the Google Open Source blog. You can view the list here (it is ordered by last name). πŸ˜‰

Google is inviting 14 participants instead of the pre-announced 10 to their Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. This would happen somewhere in May. Anybody whom I could meet? πŸ˜›

Google Code-in Mentions

WPCandy has published a nice article on the bbPress plugin project seeing serious progress during the Google Code-in competition. The article talks about bbPress getting a lot of contributions in the Google Code-in competition in which I had participated.

Devils’ Workshop has also published an article on me. It’s a blog for which I used to do guest blogging, and I’m really happy of my name being there in one of the India’s topped ranked blogs. πŸ™‚

Hindustan (Hindi) paper also published an article in their newspaper, here is the clipping.

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2011: A New Kind of Forum Software is Born

2011 has brought the creation of a new and creative bulletin board software with it – bbPress.Β It is one of the most simple and fast forum packages available out there. Until now there was a standalone version of it, but recently, efforts have been made to convert it into a WordPress plugin. Well, we can’t say convert because it is entirely written from scratch, we’re just duplicating the same functionality which you would have found in bbPress standalone, and adding some new bits which would make your forum look super cool! πŸ˜‰ Continue reading “2011: A New Kind of Forum Software is Born”

Google Code-in – In the Top 5! Woot!

Hello all! I can, (unofficially*) announce that I’ve achieved the 5th rank out of the participating 360 students (view rankings) in the Google Code-in competition by acquiring 112 points from 34 tasks!

I’ve tried to put all my thoughts into this single post, so you might find it a bit long, filled with a lot of emoticons. πŸ˜› Continue reading “Google Code-in – In the Top 5! Woot!”

Releasing bb Mystique v1.0 – Mystique Theme for bbPress!

You must have heard of the famous Mystique theme for WordPress, haven’t you? Well, I’ve ported it over to bbPress and it can be downloaded from here. As bbPress is not that much extensive as WordPress is (in features), there are some things which are missing from the port – like the widgetized sidebar, menus, thumbnails and some other small things. For the time being, there is no settings page – I’ll add one soon. Till then, you can edit the file settings.php located in the lib folder of the theme (from lines 11 to 20) for some basic settings.


  • bbPress 1.0+ (works best with bbPress 1.1+ – it hasn’t been released yet)


bb Mystique v1.0 Screenshot
bb Mystique (click to enlarge)


bb Mystique

bbPress as a WordPress Plugin

There have been developments in the bbPress Trac in recent days, the plugin branch is now there (but of course not ready for use). JJJ and PeteMall have been working on it. And what more, I received my first props for the plugin :P.

Another thing is that now I would be rarely updating/adding plugins for standalone version (v1.1 or below) as it would be waste of time, instead I would spend my time on improving the bbPress plugin (v1.2 and above).

There are also some heated discussions going on in the bbPress forums about having another name for the plugin or having its version number as 2.0.

Also read: WordPress integration (official blog post)