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New Troutnut version in the works

By Troutnut on May 6th, 2022, 11:01 pm
Regulars might have noticed that I haven't added any new content to in the past year (May 2021-2022). That's not exactly true—I've added some great new photos throughout the year, but they're all on a private draft version of a completely redesigned website.

Unfortunately, users will have to wait a little longer for the upgrade to see them. I've been so busy with work (lots of exciting research coming together!) that I haven't had time to finish the Troutnut upgrade recently, but it's about 75 % done right now. I've gone long enough without an update here that it seemed like time to at least reveal the plans.

Here are some of the exciting things in store for the upgrade:

  • It will have a "responsive design," which in web developer terms means it will make good use of the screen space on your laptop while still looking good on your smartphone.
  • Pages will load much faster.
  • Advertisements will be less annoying, and there will be options to get rid of them altogether.
  • Taxonomic keys are coming! They will largely use the rigorous technical descriptions from the scientific literature, but with a host of design improvements (including clickable definitions) that make that mmuch easier to use than the originals. My vision for this site has always been to make it a resource for identifying bugs, not only browsing or using them as models for fly tying, and the new version finally realizes that goal.
  • All photos will look better, and much better on high-resolution displays like Apple Retina.
  • I'm using some new (to me) photography technology to take new bug photos that look much better than the old ones.
  • Hatch description pages will contain range maps, links to useful biodiversity databases, and other improvements.

I'm really excited to share more when it's ready!

Comments / replies

PartsmanMay 7th, 2022, 2:14 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Sounds great Jason, I’m looking forward to it.
WiflyfisherMay 7th, 2022, 4:21 pm

Posts: 663
Outstanding Jason! I am excited to see what you come up with.

Few know how much work goes into a redesign like you are describing. A mobile-friendly, responsive design will be a great addition, as well as taxonomic keys.

Good luck!

John S.
MartinlfMay 8th, 2022, 12:28 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Looking forward to it.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
KonchuMay 13th, 2022, 1:36 pm
Site Editor

Posts: 505
What's the technology behind the keys?
TroutnutMay 15th, 2022, 1:27 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
What's the technology behind the keys?

I programmed them from scratch using the same tech as the rest of this website, PHP and MySQL. I'm not aware of any generalized frameworks for this sort of thing.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
KonchuMay 16th, 2022, 9:22 am
Site Editor

Posts: 505
Brute force for the win again!
WiflyfisherMay 16th, 2022, 5:25 pm

Posts: 663
Brute force for the win again!

Add some robust SQL queries, AI, & JI (Jason intelligence). :-)

John S.

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