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post Jul 26 2012, 02:27 AM
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vBulletin software
Programming language used:PHP
Operating system:Cross-platform

Type:Forum software
vBulletin ( vB ) is a proprietary Internet forum software produced by Jelsoft Enterprises and vBulletin Solutions, both subsidiaries of Internet Brands . It is written in PHP and uses a MySQL database server.

In 1999 James E. Limm and John Percival were running a Visual Basic website using Infopop 's UBB.classic forum software on VB Forums. [ 1 ] As their site grew, they noticed that their software, written in Perl using a flat-file database, could not always cope with the number of users they had. In February 2000, the two decided that it would be better to write their own solution as both were unfamiliar with the software's code and thus unable to optimize it. Initially, it was designed solely as a rewrite of UBB, in PHP using MySQL , and wasmeant only for their own forum. Other UBB owners expressed interest in the solution, and they offered to sell it to Infopop , but their proposal was rejected. As there was still a demand for the software, Limm and Percival created Jelsoft and released their work as a paid solution, called vBulletin.
After subsequent minor releases of their software, the two decidedto start working on a new versionthat would be more than a rewrite of UBB: they wanted to turn their software into a competitive solution for forums. Rewriting the entirety of the product, vBulletin commenced development. Shortly thereafter, Limm became the managing director and Percival the lead developer. To help with the scale of the project, two additional developers, Freddie Bingham and Mike Sullivan were brought on to help finish vBulletin Kier Darby was brought on during the vBulletin 2.0 Beta phase to furtherdevelopment. The release of vBulletin 2 proved to be very successful and is what made vBulletin popular.
In December 2002, vBulletin 3 was beginning development. Percival decided to step down as lead developer and product manager, turning his roles over toKier Darby. vBulletin 3 was under development for a lengthy period of time—nearly two years—as it went from a mere improvement on vBulletin 2 to a complete rewrite . During this time Jeremy Hutchings joined the developmentteam, a.k.a. Jerry. However, version 3 was finally released in March 2004. In 2005, vBulletin 3.5was released that addressed some of the shortcomings of 3.0 (discussed later on). vBulletin 3.6 was released as a stable version on 3 August, 2006.
On 4 July, 2007 Jelsoft announcedthat Jelsoft had been acquired by Internet Brands , which promised significant investment in softwaredevelopment.
In 2009, long-time developers Kier Darby, Mike Sullivan, Scott MacVicar and Jeremy Hutchings left the company. Kevin Sours, DonKuramura, and Ray Morgan took Darby's place as lead developer, product manager, and general manager, respectively. On 22 July 2010 the BBC reported that there was a serious flaw in vBulletin software that allows anyone to easily access the database username and password.
On 4 October 2010, "Internet Brands commenced a lawsuit in the courts of England and Wales against XenForo , and its founders, Kier, Mike and Ashley".
On 29 October 2010, Internet Brands filed a second lawsuit in the United States District Court forthe Central District of California through its wholly owned subsidiary vBulletin Solutions, Inc. against xenForo Ltd., and its founders Kier, Mike and Ashley. The lawsuit alleges "widespread infringement and unlawful exploitation" of vBulletin's source code and "equally damaging misappropriation of trade secrets" developed and owned byvBulletin with "investments of millions of dollars over the last tenyears." The lawsuit further alleges that the developers of XenForo Ltd. "took with them virtually every type of document a competitor would need to enter the market and unlawfully create a competing bulletin board software program."
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