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Old August 8th, 2007, 06:36 PM
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Maybe I shouldn't have said CMS. One definition of CMS is a system that allows users to create a web site without having to learn HTML. That's not what I meant. I introduced DreamWeaver at a web devlopment company about seven years ago. It helped the marketing personnel but none of my web coders would touch it. Nor would I have wanted them to. One interpretation of CMS products is that they are today's version of DreamWeaver - easy and quick web development for amatures.

Jimibt talks about being able to produce a new site in two or three days. I talked about much the same thing a couple month's ago. In fact it took me about six weeks to put up my most current site but most of the site that was based closely on TBH was finished in just a couple days. Then I stumbled over SQL Server Reporting and some other things I had never done before. That's OK, I expect new things to have surprises, but I don't want to spend weeks on the routine parts of a web site.

I have been looking at CMS products. Wikipedia lists a lot of them. Most of the low end products are PHP and MySQL. The only Microsoft offering at the bottom of the price list is DotNetNuke.

I tried DNN a while ago but since I had chosen C# over BASIC I wasn't very happy. I use the telerik tools so I looked at SiteFinity, but I didn't see how that gave me very much more.

I built sites years ago based on the IBuySpy kit. DNN evolved out of that. It seemed to me that TBH might do the same - evolve into a web construction framework for developers.

The publisher just wants credit in the code. In fact having a site built on code that is documented in a WROX book is a big selling point.

I'm trying to set up an online course business that I can run out of my house. I want to teach web and database design in a very rich video, audio, and graphical environment. I need to understand a lot of technologies which means I want the basic web framework to be as easy as possible. That's why I've been interested in TBH.

While I'm building my courseware I take little development and teaching projects. I used to be corporate but now I only work on small to medium web applications. In order to compete with the LAMP developers I need something like TBH or DNN. Not really a CMS but a code base for routine and typical elements. I'm interested it the tip about Flixon too.

If I were still corporate I think I would be doing SharePoint. My area is for smaller scale projects now. For example, I'm starting a project for a hospital next week. They want a lot of features but there are only six users (3 doctors). This project is actually a bit too small for TBH and much, much too samll for SharePoint or Vignette. I will end up cutting out a lot of TBH. This is what I meant by being a Beer House developer. Its easier to cut out TBH modules than it is to build something from scratch.