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Thursday, August 25, 2005

CMSes

Don't know why I bother asking for my readership's opinion, since I haven't had a comment in weeks. Oh well.

Lamp5 is getting a revamp (hopefully it'll be done before getting renamed "Lamp6") and it's as good a time as any to get familiar with one or more content management systems. The short list is

Mambo - DPUG uses this, and I don't particularly love it, but it's in wide use and gets good reviews. Must be something I don't know about it.
Drupal - used by Downhill Battle -- one of my favorite music/advocacy sites, and a company I'd like to work for.

Much as I like MySQL, I'm fully 100% all about dB abstraction layers from now on. Black mark #1 for Mambo is that it's apparently MySQL-specific.

Okay, e.g. here's something that could someday go in Xaypole: you hook up a site skeleton, with the production dB ... and you have the option of simultaneously hooking up your Development/Beta/Staging Area a SQLite dB containing the same data, or a subset (for speed). So you can work on your new features/pages/etc. on a fast-responding dB and change Precisely Nothing when you put up the next release.

Slick. But that's for later. For now I just need to get the stupid XREF interface working.

Watch this space for reviews of Mambo and Drupal. Or contribute your own (ha!)

2 Comments:

  • I haven't been doing much luxury browsing ever since fall semester started. I'm think I need a 12-step program for getting off WoW so I can replace that totally un-productive time with halfway productive internet research on this stuff.

    in other news, I've been formulating yet another web services project - but this time one which the Doc's extensive networking could help us establish large funding relationships.

    sorry for the hiatus, I'll try to be keeping up more frequently.

    By Blogger luke, at 1:12 PM  

  • Glad to hear it. I still have a project for the Doc on a backburner somewhere ... i think i told you about it. What's your take on libertarian socialism (Cf. Chomsky, above)?

    By Blogger Matt Crouch, at 5:44 AM  

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