October 24, 2019

Second Version

Ernie Leseberg @erniel

The registration system had been used every year since 2011 for WA State titles and Australian Masters championships 2010, 2011, 2012 but not 2013 or 2014, and my involvement in the sport had declined. And it was still a single event system with each new event requiring editing of hard coded values in code and database as there was no admin side. It was likely the system would not be touched again.

In late 2014 I was contacted by the 2015 organisers and asked if the system still existed, and could they use it with some feature requests. Since 2009 a few things had changed. My larger scale web development skills had improved, PHP & code libraries had also improved and Stripe launched in Australia which made the payments side much easier for a small scale system. So I quickly built an improved version which for the first time was hosted under my domain name and not the club. This was the birth of EML Sports as a business name. It was a rushed choice and many years later I am still not convinced on it.

I still lacked the confidence there was a viable business here, so slowly iterated in my spare time as more of a hobby.