Password MeterThe latest revision of MBG Scaffolder (v2.0.5) has now been pushed to production and for the moment I have no plans for any additional major updates.  So while I’m sorting out licensing issues and preparing the MBG Scaffolder code for public release, I’m reviewing some of my other projects to determine what’s next on my list of priorities.  There are a number of PHP and Javascript pieces in particular that come to mind, but most of these are fairly recent and don’t require a huge amount of changes prior to release.  So I started digging through my code archives to see if any older pieces were due for a review.

One of my earlier works, a piece of code written over two years ago, still manages to generate quite a lot of Internet traffic.  Password Meter is a Javascript project that I literally sat down and wrote in a single weekend.  At that time, it was designed as nothing more than a fun piece of code for users to play with and explore.  I never imagined that it would become as popular a resource as it has, achieving over a thousand hits per day at its current location, www.passwordmeter.com.  The program was designed to rate a user’s password and provide instantaneous visual feedback related to the password’s strength in terms of crackability.

Since the Password Meter code was initially released under general public license (GPL), I have received quite a lot of feedback related to the internal algorithms used to calculate password strength.  I’ve been aware for quite some time now that this portion of the code is in need of a revamp.  I simply haven’t had the time or energy to deal with it.  So the code has remained largely unchanged since its initial release, an issue I hope to remedy in the near future.

In terms of project scope, the Password Meter script itself is not terribly long, so I don’t expect the re-write to take an overly long time.  But I also tend to get rather entrenched in projects like this, so the end result may be quite a bit more complicated than the first release.  For the sake of keeping things simple though, my current plan is to fix the major issues and re-release the code as a new revision. For the time being, even though Meta Beta Geek was intended to track all my coding projects, the source code for Password Meter will remain at its current location.  Any future revisions or modifications to the code will most likely be referenced and tracked here at Meta Beta Geek.

That’s it for updates at the moment.  Stay tuned for a new release of Password Meter very soon, and don’t forget to leave a comment or two if you have suggestions for code or site improvements.  Happy Holidays to you and yours!

UPDATE:

Password Meter version 2.0 is now available for demo or download.

Cheers,

Jeff @ Meta Beta Geek

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  2. Magomed says:

    Hello! Can I use your The Password Meter on its website seoip.ru.
    I would like to translate the interface into Russian, and the rest will leave as is and put a link to your site http://www.passwordmeter.com.
    Thank you in advance for your reply

  3. Jeff says:

    Magomed,

    The source code for Password Meter is open source and available for use under GNU General Public License.