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Don´t download VAM - Beware!!!
« on: September 08, 2020, 10:53:11 PM »
This platform for Virtual Airline Management is way out of date. I don´t advice anyone to download VAM and use it for future management of any airline. VAM need a complete revamp to be up to date with newer PHP versions and MySql databases and other functions that don´t work caused by the lack of maintaining the platform.

It´s a great platform, don´t get me wrong, but the lack of attention from it´s developer make it a disaster unless you want to spend weeks of coding and perform hacks to get it working until the next issue arise.

Sad to see VAM go down the drain.


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Re: Don´t download VAM - Beware!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2020, 09:44:51 PM »
Sad to see VAM go down the drain.

I couldn't agree more.  The sad reality though is that VAM and SIM ACARS are Alejandro's creations and he is free to do with them as he pleases, which includes abandoning them, which is apparently what he's decided to do.  The ball is in his court now -- several of us on here have offered to carry the torch forward, but he seems unwilling to hand over the reigns.  As someone who has developed applications of his own, I can understand that, but it's still a shame to see this die out.

I fully expect one day to try and reach this forum only to discover it has been deleted and that will be a sad day indeed.

The future of flight simulation looks bright though, so I'm sure in no time, we'll have other options for building VAs.  All we can do is thank Alejandro for his years of work on this and wish him well in the future.  As the saying goes, onwards and upwards.


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Re: Don´t download VAM - Beware!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2020, 06:38:47 PM »
The problem is not just PHP and MYSQL as it was built with the CAKE framework which of course gets put into the bug ZIP file.
The data for the airports that is supplied is well out of data and needs an update to make it more sensible to use.

Regarding PHP , it has gone through an evolutionary period over the recent releases and it is probably long overdue some of the things they have done.
MYSQL as a direct use in PHP has be depreciated in PHP 7 for some time and the current feeling is that MYSQLI (it works in php 7) may go the same way and PHP is generically going to use the PDO methods where you have core code to operate the data reads and rights and the module for PDO for say MYSQL or other databases available per sae.  That then keeps the core code of PHP down and standard and means in theory that you can change databases very easily if you needed to do so.

These issues for a one man band developing VAM in spare time are very hard to overcome as PHP code may no longer work with latest PHP and CAKE


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Re: Don´t download VAM - Beware!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2020, 09:25:13 PM »
Though it would be just wonderful if Mr. Alejandro takes a decision to refurbish the ACARS and VAM system, still for the time being VAM is very much usable as is proven by few VA sites as this.
This is a very much running site and as we speak pilots are flying there.

I am sure there are plenty more.