I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce a project that may be of considerable interest to the readers of this blog: The BMLT.
What’s the BMLT? A Sandwich?
OK. I Give Up. What Is It?
Here’s the “Elevator Pitch” from the Main BMLT Web Site:
The BMLT is a complete Web-based NA Meeting List that will work with existing or new NA Web sites, and is already in use by dozens of NA Service bodies around the world.
It allows easy, customizable meeting searches for all types of NA Web sites, mobile devices, and printable lists.
It allows easy synchronization of your meeting list with NA World Services (NAWS). However, even though developed in coordination with NAWS, the BMLT is an independent, standalone project; with no connections to any NA Service entity or philosophy.
It is very secure and extremely easy to install, use, and administer with the ability to assign sequestered, isolated logins to individual administrators.
You can manage thousands of meetings, with dozens of Service bodies, from one server; yet allow each Service body to have its own implementation and expression of the meeting data. Alternatively, you can use the BMLT to manage just a few meetings.
It is of incredibly high quality and under active development by highly-experienced professional-grade software engineers.
It is COMPLETELY free and open source.
All work on the BMLT is done by NA members, and adheres to the FIPT.
There are absolutely no restrictions whatsoever on using, deploying or modifying it. It works with modern Web sites, is highly flexible and customizable, and completely localizable (translatable into different languages).
The BMLT helps Service bodies to provide a very important, fundamental Service to their Groups.
The BMLT is meant to fit YOUR needs; not the other way around.
That Sounds Cool! Tell Me More!
Sure. The BMLT is totally open-source, and carries absolutely no obligations whatsoever. You don’t even have to be in NA to use it (several non-NA organizations employ modified versions of the BMLT).
You don’t even have to give the authors of the BMLT credit. In fact, it’s probably best that you don’t, if the site that uses it is a registered NA Service body site.
All that I want is for addicts to be able to find NA meetings. It’s really that simple.
That Interactive Map Thingy Is Cool, But My Area Only Has 15 Meetings. Do I Have to Use It?
Absolutely not. There are literally dozens of ways the BMLT can be deployed, including simple tables (NOTE: The linked meeting search is a demonstration only, and does not reflect the current meetings in the Quincy ASC).
My ASC Is Part of A Big Region. Can We Use This Without Our Region?
Yes, but I’d suggest against that. The Region should really run the main database server, and your ASC should link to that server. It’s really the best way for us to work. Unity, and all that…
Can I Get Statistics From the BMLT? I Want to Give A Report…
Glad you asked.
That’s Nice, But I Live In Sweden. I’d Like It In My Language.
Ask, and ye shall receive (At the time of this post, Sweden was still working on a new site, so the styling is a bit “raw”).
Gee…This Looks Awful Slick. What Does It Cost?
Let’s see… How shall I put this…
I hope that was clear enough. I’m the author of the BMLT, and I can assure you that I seek not one single penny of compensation.
Not one red cent.
Where’s the source? Are You Keeping it Hidden? Will You Suddenly Present Us With A “Bill”?
The BMLT is a 100% open-source project, licensed as GPL. That means that anyone can use it, nothing is being “kept back,” and there are no obligations beyond the simple obligations inherent in the GPL license (which only count if you are modifying the project and redistributing it).
I Gots Mad PHP Skillz. Can I Get Involved?
Absolutely. There’s dozens of ways to get involved. Some require no permission or coordination with me (such as documenting/extending the project); others may require a bit more coordination (such as working on the core code).
The main restriction is that I am a professional software engineer, and this is a full-fat professional system, with professional-level quality. The closer you come to the core, the more I’ll be asking you to pay attention to quality and coding conventions.
An immediately useful way that people could get involved is to start some communities around the BMLT. There is a rather moribund Google Group that was set up for the BMLT. Come on in, and show us some love.
We could also use help creating localizations, documentation, and even things like instructional videos.
I can be contacted at “
magshare – dot –
net“. Drop me a line.
Tell Me More…
Are You Some Kind of “Renegade?” What Does NAWS Think About This?
Um… Look up. No, all the way up to the Web Address bar at the top of this window. See that domain?
What’s In It For You? Why the Heck Would You Do This?
I was brought up “old school” (I got clean in 1980). We were taught that “NA has given you EVERYTHING. No matter what you do, it will never be more than a tiny down payment on the interest you owe.”
I’ve already been paid.