We’ve launched CruiselineFans.com on Grails

After a few long months of hard work with the team at DMC Digital, we’ve launched the newly revamped Cruiselinefans.com.

I really enjoyed working on this site. It was great to be able to use Grails to build community features and extend a simple VBulletin forum into a full pledge application.


Search, review and browse full cruise details on all active cruise ships in the world:

Create a profile and share reviews, past cruises and meet people in your next trips:

Talk with other people who enjoy going on cruises:

Some of the challenges we faced in this application was to integrate new features with an existing PHP Message Board. While VBulletin is very powerful, it also introduced challenges that I never saw before with a pure Java integration. It was quite a mind-expanding experience, as I probably learned more about apache mod_rewrite, PHP and how to integrate robust PHP libraries like OpenInviter with Grails.

The most rewarding aspect of this process is to see the 24,000 community members use the site and provide us with their feedback and encouragement. It is one thing to be working on a reviews feature behind the scenes, and quite another to see a new stream of reviews pouring in to the site. We’re constantly making improvements to the site, so check back soon.

Check it out at http://www.cruiselinefans.com and share your sailing adventures with us.


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