We have certainly had a busy November. For the first time in Rebrickable's 3 year history, I have had another developer help me with code changes. As a control freak, this was pretty nerve wracking at first. However, unlike myself, Jantjeuh is a professional web developer who has also been a Rebrickable Inventory Admin for the last 4 months and at the start of November started helping me fix my dodgy code. Surprisingly he didn't run away screaming after seeing it :) He has been invaluable in refactoring a lot of code to make it easier to maintain and helping me switch to better web development workflows like using git. Thanks Jantjeuh!
Rather than pick another of the community supplied robots that come with the EV3 software, I wanted to build a Rubik's Cube solving robot. It just so happens there is a fantastic project already available that creates one from just the 31313 EV3 parts - the MindCub3r created by David Gilday. Awesome :)
The Ender Dragon is a scene from some game called Minecraft. I guess if you're reading this you most likely already know that and probably know way more about the game than me. But essentially it is a game about using different types of bricks to create stuff. Remind you of something?
As you might have heard, TLG will soon unleash six new Minecraft sets in minifig-scale, which are a followup to the micro world Minecraft sets released two years ago. We will take a closer look at several of these new sets in the upcoming days (weeks?). First up today is the 21116 set titled 'Crafting Box'. This set clocks in at 518 parts and comes with three minifigures: our hero Minecraft Steve, an emaciated looking skeleton, and a weird 'cow' named Nathan (or so I was told). It is a pure coincidence that the webmaster of this site is named Nathan as well. The set features mainly square bricks but also some new molds, as we will show shortly. Time to do some crafting!
October had quite a few fixes as usual, plus one major new feature in the Buy Sets page. We also saw a record number of users on the site with 100K+ unique users and 1M+ page views which is nearly twice the number from October last year.
I have just released a new feature that I wanted to write a bit more about than the usual monthly quick update. There is now a new Buy Sets page accessible from the main Sets menu that lists all the known pricing data for each official LEGO set. This data to date has been obtained from Amazon and the LEGO Online Shop. All pricing data is updated daily.
In late August, Kim Thomsen from the LEGO CEE Community Support team contacted myself and the Eurobricks team with a challenge. They are impressed with the database of alternate build MOCs that Rebrickable has accumulated and wanted to see what the community could come up with under some quite restricted conditions. These conditions just so happened to be similar to those forced on internal LEGO designers :)
Due to a number of issues with the current method of naming and describing minifig parts, we are looking at making some changes.
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There were a huge number of small fixes and tweaks made in the last month, but no really big user features. I mostly concentrated on fixing known problems and tweaking existing features. I also spent some time beefing up the tools used by the admin team to make their life easier.