I finally got a break from consulting, which has allowed me to start to tackle the process of converting the Digests and Smartfeed mods to extensions. I’ve also been dragging my feet because writing extensions is hard work. Writing a mod is hard enough because there is a lot to learn about coding conventions and templating, and the phpBB mod team is very anal about what they will accept. There are lots of tricks you pick up over time that are not in the knowledge base. Creating extensions is even more so, with lots of added complications related to the plug and play architecture.
I am attaching a picture of smartfeed_url. Obviously I need to plug in a lot of language variables but the hard part is going to be integrating jQuery.